Uncertain University: Tips for Immigrant Students

Uncertain University: Tips for Immigrant Students

A group of journalism students at American University in Washington, D.C., embarked on a semester-long endeavor to create a website, Uncertain University. This website is designed to explore the challenges and uncertainties that immigrant students face while living in the United States. From travel bans to sanctuary campuses, immigrant students share their experiences, as well as give practical information and tips to others. For some situations, the answer may be that there is no answer – at least, not yet. The Uncertain University website also contains the answers to a survey that the site’s developers conducted among college students throughout the U.S. Overall, 61% of college students believe that colleges and universities should give undocumented students the same consideration as documented students when it comes to the admissions process and should be permitted to enroll in school; most students do not believe that undocumented students pose any threat to them or the country. About four in ten students report that they have witnessed bias against Islam or Islamic students on campus. While millennials, in general, tend to be more supportive of immigration than previous generations, biases and prejudices still do exist across all generations. Nonetheless, one conclusion is clear: education results in less fear of undocumented individuals and immigration overall. One article on the website focuses on the financial impact on higher education as a result of newly strengthened immigration enforcement efforts, such as the Trump administration’s travel ban. While the U.S. traditionally has been a top choice when it comes to studying abroad, that soon may no longer be the case. Not only do these policies decrease the level of diversity at universities and colleges, but they also may result in billions of dollars in losses to the higher education system. International students do not qualify for financial aid, so they must pay full tuition, which obviously is a boon to any college. During the 2015-16 school year alone, foreign students contributed over $36 billion to the economy; as compared to a high-grossing exported product, international students would constitute the fifth largest source of revenue for the U.S. It is our goal to provide you both with the legal representation that you need, as well as practical tips for living in the United States. No matter your situation or what your needs may be, we devote all of our efforts to advocating on behalf of you and your family before the immigration court. Don’t hesitate to contact the Bay Area immigration lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., and set up your legal consultation today. We are here to help.
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