NSHE leaders join Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration  

An attendee at a DACA press conference in downtown Reno, September 2017.
An attendee at a DACA press conference in downtown Reno, September 2017. Photo: Ty O’Neil

Leaders in Nevada’s System of Higher Education (NSHE) have joined with higher education leaders across the nation as part of the newly-launched Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

In a show of solidarity, Chancellor Thom Reilly and all eight presidents of NSHE’s public higher education institutions have signed on to the alliance in support of its efforts to urge legal protection for undocumented “Dreamers” brought to the United States as children.

The presidents in the NSHE system are as follows: Kristen Averyt of Desert Research Institute; Mark Ghan of Western Nevada College; Joyce Helens of Great Basin College; Karin Hilgersom of Truckee Meadows Community College; Len Jessup of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Marc Johnson of the University of Nevada, Reno; Bart Patterson of Nevada State College; and Michael Richards of the College of Southern Nevada.

“We are thrilled to be part of this collective, nationwide effort urging legislation to support our immigrant, undocumented, and international students,” Reilly said in a statement. “While the initial undertaking of the Alliance is to call on Congress to find a permanent solution to protect our DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, we also support its long-term efforts for immigration reform. We want a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment for all our students.”

The alliance was launched last week by a founding group of more than two dozen leaders of public and private universities and university systems across the country, as well as liberal arts colleges and community colleges.

As declared its founding statement, the alliance “is dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities,” and aims to “educate the public and policymakers about the value and contributions of international and immigrant students and scholars to our campuses, communities, and nation.”

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Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration: www.presidentsimmigrationalliance.org

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  1. This is so misguided.
    Let’s say a burglar kicks-in your front door and steals your stereo. He leaves his child behind in your living room with a note demanding that you feed, clothe, educate and provide free medical care for the child well into adulthood.

    This is analogous to the so-called “Dreamers.” They were dumped here by their criminal parents. Our laws state that gains achieved based on an illegal act are tainted and are generally, restitution is ordered by our courts.

    The so-called “Dreamers” have received citizenship based on an illegal act (criminal invasion of our country). That citizenship should be revoked and the anchor babies and their criminal parents must be deported. At the same time, we need to have a moratorium on migration until such time we can have a system of secure borders and a more effective screening process, so that only those who have the potential of becoming self-sustaining Americans are invited to apply for citizenship.

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