By Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and 26 other higher education associations including NASPA, June 21, 2018
This letter expresses opposition to the compromise immigration bill that the House planned to vote on this past Friday, June 22, 2018. The measure leaves 82% of the estimated 3.6 million DREAMers out of a pathway to citizenship, includes funding for the border wall, and does not end the zero tolerance policy which continues to cause separations despite the Executive Order passed on June 20.
By Teri Lyn Hinds, June 21, 2018
While there is much to celebrate in our national landscape of colleges and universities, years of state disinvestment and the diminishing purchasing power of federal grant programs have resulted in noticeable signs of wear. Our federal policy has failed to keep up with today’s more diverse student body, including many adults shouldering responsibility for not only their own education, but also that of their children, resulting in a system of financial aid and regulations that are ill-suited to meeting the needs of either today’s students or the American taxpayer. The reauthorization of Higher Education Act (HEA) presents an opportunity to correct that course and fulfill both the promise and the responsibility of the federal government to today’s students. In this post, NASPA director of policy research and advocacy Teri Lyn Hinds provides background on HEA and identifies priorities for NASPA in reauthorization.
By House Committee on Appropriations, Press Release June 14, 2018
The House appropriation committee released and marked up their first draft bill, which was released to the public on June 14. The committee approved a bill that would give the Education Department a $43 million increase, bringing funding to $71 billion for FY19 which starts in October 2018. The proposal increases funding for TRIO, career and technical education, and early childhood education initiatives. The bill also rejects proposed cuts to the Office for Civil Rights, Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, Impact Aid, and after-school programs.
By Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed June 14, 2018
Some mixed messaging from the House last week as House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairwoman, Virginia Foxx, continues to indicate that positive conversations around the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act should bring a vote to the House floor. Conversely, reports continue to show that there are not enough votes to pass the measure. Terry Hartle, senior vice president for government and public affairs at the American Council on Education, explained how unusual it is for a piece of legislation to not be brought to the floor for six month, as the PROSPER Act has not moved forward since December 2017. “I think that’s the issue at this point,” Hartle said. “When they’re sure they have the votes, they’ll go to the floor, but not before.”
By Sarah Brown, The Chronicle of Higher Education June 21, 2018
Last week the Trump Administration released a 132-page framework of merging the Education and Labor Departments. Higher Education programming would fall under a new office: the “American Workforce and Higher Education Administration.” The proposal isn’t entirely surprising, given that it was a part of President Trump’s platform in 2016, however experts believe that it’s unlikely to go anywhere. If approved, however, the measure would greatly change the way that higher education currently functions. Experts in the field responded in various ways. Some expressed approval that being able to join programs in education and training in career and technical education would be a good thing. Others see it as a way to further exacerbate issues around uplifting the value of education unto itself, and lend to problems that arise from this such as the issue of under-resourced humanities programs. Merging the two departments would be incredibly difficult, but experts are hoping that the outcome of the proposal will be greater collaboration between the Departments.
By Siobhan Hughes, Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2018
This week, the House will once again try to vote on an immigration compromise. Even though House Republicans worked through the weekend, leaders still indicate that should the legislation be brought to a vote this week it is still likely to fail. President Trump continues to indicate that a stringent immigration policy is a part of his platform, which means that compromise legislation continues to be too restrictive to gather the number of votes it would take for a measure to pass. Further, as it is an election year, some congressional Republicans are very cautious to approach immigration to avoid a potential outcome of losing constituents.
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 26 bills across 14 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past few weeks. OH HB 658, which was referred to the Committee on Community and Family Advancement on 06/05/2018, would prohibit a court from using a parent or guardian’s refusal to allow a child to undergo gender-based treatment as a basis determining custody.
In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants
Since the start of the 2018 State Legislative Session, NASPA’s Policy and Advocacy Team has seen movement on 26 bills across 14 states regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past few weeks. CA AB 2210, which was read a second time and re-referred to the Committee on Education on 06/13/2018, would extend resident tuition to refugees and holders of certain special immigrant visas.
Guns on Campus:
Since the start of January, the Policy and Advocacy Team at NASPA has seen movement on 36 bills across 16 states. This summary includes changes observed concerning tracked legislation over the past few weeks. KS HB 2042, which died in conference on 06/05/2018, would have removed restrictions on concealed carry on campuses.
-Primary Sponsors: Rep. Bob Goodlatte
-Committees: House—Judiciary; Education and the Workforce; Homeland Security; Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means; Armed Services; Oversight and Government Reform; Agriculture; Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources
-Latest Action: House—06/21/2018 brought to roll call vote, failed of passage by recorded vote 193-231
This is one of the immigration measures that the House would consider should the discharge petition under consideration get enough votes. The bill would provide temporary status for DACA recipients plus stepped-up enforcement and legal immigration restrictions. Often referred as the “Goodlatte Bill” this measure, should it have passed would further criminalize undocumented individuals.
-Primary Sponsors: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) (Introduced 06/19/2018)
-Latest Action: House- 06/21/2018 postponed proceedings
This is the compromise immigration bill that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals. Unfortunately this legislation is stringent to a point that it further criminalizes undocumented individuals and lacks inclusivity. NASPA is officially against the passage of this legislation.
-A Proposed Rule by the Education Department on 06/18/2018
-Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
Summary: “On January 6 and January 19, 2017, the Department announced dates by which institutions subject to the Department's gainful employment (GE) regulations must comply with certain disclosure requirements in the GE regulations. On July 5, 2017, the Department announced that it was allowing additional time, until July 1, 2018, to comply with those provisions. This document announces that the Department allows additional time, until July 1, 2019, for institutions to comply with those disclosure requirements in the GE regulations and invites comment on this action.”
-A Presidential Document by the Executive Office of the President 06/25/2018
-Executive Order 13841 of 06/20/2018
Summary: “It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code. This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress's failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.”
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