President Eisgruber becomes founding member of higher education immigration group

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by the Office of Communications

Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber and 28 other college and university presidents and chancellors have joined a new Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration as founding members.

The alliance is dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices affect students, campuses and communities. The group supports policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented and international students on American campuses.

"Throughout its history, the United States has benefited from the abilities, creativity and drive of immigrants from throughout the world," Eisgruber said. "Immigration has helped to define our national identity and our constitutional principles, and it has enhanced the quality of students, faculty and staff at our colleges and universities. 

"For me, the value of immigration is also deeply personal. My mother came to this country as a refugee, and my father came first as a high school exchange student and then as a graduate student. I am grateful that the United States enabled my family to make its home here, and I am proud to join a coalition dedicated to expanding opportunity for new generations of people who want to contribute their talents and energy to our country and share in its promise of freedom."

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