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Americans are an altruistic people. We
believe in the inherent goodness of the
United States. We see ourselves as a model
of democracy and open society. Yet to the
rest of the world, the message our immigration policy sends is one of restriction and
arbitrarily closed doors. It’s confusing and
risks serious misunderstanding about our
values. Instead of throwing up barriers, we
should be welcoming the world, and not just
the best and brightest.
Let us remember; this nation has always
welcomed the tired, the poor, the weary;
and for generations, immigrants have been
coming to America to take full advantage of
the land of opportunity. Immigration makes
the United States stronger.
We are very fortunate to have Alfredo
Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, as a plenary
speaker at our 2013 Annual Conference
& Expo in St Louis. In his recent autobiography, Becoming Dr. Q, Dr. “Q” tells his
incredible life story of coming to the United
States from Mexico as a homeless migrant
farm worker at the age of 14. Through hard
work in the fields and rail yards of California, he won legal status under the 1986
immigration reform law signed by President
Ronald Reagan. He made his way through
community college and eventually to medical school.
Today, Quiñones-Hinojosa is a top brain
surgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins
University where he does 300 surgeries a
year and is pursuing a cure for brain cancer,
which afflicts 35,000 Americans annually. He
could make a lot more money at a private institution, but he stays in academic medicine
because he wants to make a difference. Asked
why in an interview on CSPAN, QuiñonesHinojosa said: “I want to be part of history.
I want to help people. I want to continue to
live the American dream. I am thankful for
the things that this country has given me.”
What the United States gave a younger
Quiñones-Hinojosa, who attended his first
college classes wearing steel-toed boots and
work jeans that smelled like industrial sulfur, was access to an education. That’s why
Congress should follow the lead of Texas
and now Maryland by passing the DREAM
Act giving aspiring Americans cost-effective

access to college as part of broad immigration reform. And it’s why we should provide
more green cards for graduates, not just in
the STEM fields, but also in the arts and
humanities.
NAFSA’s leadership has long recognized
that we need to have a seat at the table
when decisions are made on immigration
reform. It would be tempting to advocate
for a piecemeal approach to creating a modernized immigration process. But what we
and other groups have learned over the
last several years is that if we don’t work
together, nothing will get done. The political reality—and we believe the right thing
to do—demands that we work in common
cause with other groups for an immigration
policy that functions effectively for all.

What we need is a new,
sustainable policy that
allows people freedom of
movement and reflects
the values of our nation.
That new policy should
recognize that all people
have rights and provide a
roadmap for the 11 million
aspiring citizens who are
already contributing to our
culture every day.
Most importantly, what we need is a
new, sustainable policy that allows people
freedom of movement and reflects the values of our nation. That new policy should
recognize that all people have rights and
provide a roadmap for the 11 million aspiring citizens who are already contributing to
our culture every day.
It appears we now have a historic opportunity to overhaul our outdated immigration
laws for the first time in almost 30 years.
The 2012 election created new political momentum in Washington. President Barack
Obama has made immigration reform a top
legislative priority for his second term, and
there is a strong bipartisan effort underway
in Congress to seize this opportunity.

“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving,
hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders
from the business, labor, law enforcement,
and faith communities all agree that the
time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” President Obama said in
his February 12, 2013, State of the Union
address to Congress.
Key Republicans in Congress have returned to a constructive dialogue with a
new willingness to find legislative answers.
In the Senate, a “Gang of Eight” from both
parties has been working on legislation.
This bipartisanship is essential. Any overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws must
pass the Republican-controlled House if it
is to become law.
Notably, Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey
Graham of South Carolina, and Marco Rubio of Florida are showing real leadership
by stepping forward to work with Democrat
colleagues Senators Dick Durbin of Illinois,
Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Chuck
Schumer of New York, and Michael Bennet of Colorado.
They are working in the best tradition of
the late Senator Ted Kennedy, a master orator and liberal legislator who time and again
found ways to work across the aisle with his
Republican colleagues in the best interest of
the nation. Immigration reform demands
that kind of leadership. It also requires political will and this is where we come in.
We need to do everything we can, as
an association of educators with a real interest in the outcome of the legislation, to
encourage our national leaders to fix the
whole system now. Higher education is
one of the most important investments we
make as a society. It is critically important
to the economic future and well-being of
our nation. We must build a new immigration system that recognizes the value of
both international students and the new
American immigrants who are contributing to our colleges and universities. Their
future is our future.
IE
MARLENE JOHNSON is CEO and
executive director of NAFSA: Association
for International Educators.



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