STEM Education meets Immigration Reform

April 18, 2013

Thanks in part to the support of Congressional leadership, our advocacy visits this week with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) seem to have helped produce in the proposal a new competitive grant program for STEM Capacity Building at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) using 12% of the revenues from a 500$ fee applied to the H1B visa fees.  Also included are scholarships for Low-Income STEM students (60%), Matching grants for K-12 public-private partnerships (15%); and STEM workforce efforts through the Department of Labor (10%). 

To see a copy of the STEM Education specific language (pages 667-674 of CIR), click here


The bill will provide a path to citizenship for the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. The legislation is the first effort at comprehensive immigration reform since 2007. The bill contains provisions to gain registered provisional immigrant status if they pay a $500 fine and appropriate fees and assessed taxes. The quickest path to citizenship would be 13 years.

Click here for a copy of the full HACU Member Advisory Release.

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities also let out a Press Release regarding the bill. The APLU stated, “As employers, universities want to be able to hire and retain the most talented researchers and educators throughout the world without having to run into bureaucratic red tape.  And as educators, we want to retain our most talented international students and keep them in the U.S. where they can contribute to our economy and strengthen our communities."

Click here for a copy of the full APLU CIR Press Release.

For a copy of the text of the bill, click here.