Educators push for immigration reform

Educators push for immigration reform

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By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

MEMPHIS (WATE/AP) - Twenty-one leaders of Tennessee's colleges and universities have sent a letter to the state's two U.S. senators urging their support for immigration reform that will allow more graduates to remain in the country after they finish their education.

The letter dated Wednesday asks Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to back a bi-partisan plan that would ensure foreign-born students educated in U.S. universities will have a clear path to work in this country after graduation.

The educators say current immigration policy threatens "America's pre-eminence as a global center of innovation and prosperity" because of its inability to retain skilled foreign-born graduates.

Some members of Congress want a bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants here illegally, an idea that's been met with deep skepticism by some lawmakers.

Among the educators in East Tennessee, University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, Lincoln Memorial University President James Dawson and Tusculum College Principal Nancy Moody.

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