Roll-Out of Immigration Reform Framework
In what for the moment has trumped discussions of Mali, Egypt, the debt ceiling, and the Ravens/49ers match-up, a group of four Republican senators (John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Jeff Flake) and four Democrats (Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Robert Menendez, and Michael Bennet) released today a "Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform."
What does the framework say about education? Among other things, in creating a pathway to citizenship via a probationary legal status, the outline requires unauthorized immigrants to complete various actions (pass background checks, pay taxes, demonstrate a history of work in the U.S. and current employment), including learning English and civics, before applying for a green card. Perhaps most significantly as to education, the framework will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master's Degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American University. Finally, one who entered the U.S. illegally while a minor will not face the same requirements as others in order to earn a pathway to citizenship.
Colleges, universities, and K-12 educators will do well to give a close reading when a bill becomes available.