Wednesday, June 26, 2013

McPherson Pens Op-ed on the Immigration Debate in Congress

"Our nation has long prided itself on being a land of opportunity for those seeking a better life. With time, however, our immigration system has broken down," said APLU President Peter McPherson in an essay published in Inside Higher Ed on the immigration bill debate underway in the Senate.

In the article he says partisanship and the legislative process in Washington has grown over the years to the point of a stalemate. In spite of the challenges, he sees immigration as a chance to for a "rare bipartisan exception."
The bipartisan bill moving steadily through the Senate is filled with an array of provisions that have been long overdue. The measure establishes an expedited pathway to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants. These young people are here through no decision of their own and 65,000 of them graduate from U.S. high schools each year. They should have a process in place to become citizens. And they also should have the opportunity to go to their states' public colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates at the state’s discretion while participating in federal student loan and work study programs. The Senate bill would make all of this possible.