Miami Dade College, a Long-Time Advocate for Immigration Reform, Urges Other Presidents of Higher Education to Follow Suit
MDC President, Dr. Eduardo J. Padron, Champion of Immigration Reform
Miami, March 11, 2013 - President Eduardo J. Padrón of Miami Dade College (MDC) joined forces with two other major college presidents in drafting an open letter to more than 1,200 university and college presidents, urging their fellow leaders in higher education to join them in pushing for smart immigration policies that will help attract and retain the world’s best and brightest. Padrón and the presidents of Cornell University and Arizona State University stressed the U.S. often trains the most talented foreign-born students in its top educational institutions, only to send them overseas to compete against us in the global marketplace because our immigration system does not provide an opportunity for them to stay. The letter also noted that many children who were brought here at a young age are prevented from attending college because of their undocumented, immigration status.
“For millions of young people in our country, the opportunity to gain a college education depends on immigration reform. Given the chance, those students will be contributors to vital communities and an American workforce that leads through innovation,” said MDC’s PresidentEduardo J. Padrón.
Dr. Padrón and Presidents David J. Skorton (Cornell) and Michael M. Crow (Arizona State), advocates for sensible immigration reform that helps bolster America’s economy, plan to host major events on their respective campuses to highlight immigration’s role in driving innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. The events, co-sponsored by the Partnership for a New American Economy and the National Immigration Forum, will take place Friday, April 19. They are encouraging their colleagues to follow suit. “By speaking with one coordinated voice,” they write, “we can best bring our message to the public and to our representatives in Washington, DC.”
Presidents Padrón, Skorton, and Crow also emphasized the importance of visa reform for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Currently, the U.S. economy faces a severe shortage of STEM workers. According to the Partnership’s research: by 2018, there will be more than 220,000 advanced-degree STEM jobs that will not be filled even if every single American STEM graduate finds a job; every foreign-born graduate with an advanced degree from a U.S. university who stays and works in a STEM field, creates on average 2.62 jobs; by passing the DREAM Act, students would have the incentive to pursue college and be allowed to work here legally, adding 1.4-million jobs and generate $329 billion in economic activity over the next 20 years; and 40-percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant.
The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders who support sensible immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. The Partnership’s members include mayors of cities with more than 35 million residents, and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion, with more than four million employees in sectors like Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech, and Media to Manufacturing.
For more information regarding the Partnership for a New American Economy, visit www.RenewOurEconomy.org.
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