The Edmond Sun

September 30, 2013

University presidents call for immigration reform

The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz is one of 13 college and university presidents in Oklahoma who sent a joint letter to the Oklahoma U.S. House delegation calling for immigration reform to be passed this year. Reasons for the letter include:

• The prevalence of foreign-born students graduating with Master’s or PhDs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields;

• The high demand for STEM graduates by businesses;

• The potential impact to the economy from passage of the DREAM Act; and

• The need of the agricultural industry for more low-skill visas.

The Partnership for a New American Economy brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. The partnership’s members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than $4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from agriculture to aerospace, hospitality to high tech and media to manufacturing.

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