UNH Event Highlights Need for Immigration Reform

DURHAM – Students, faculty and interested members of the community gathered Friday at the University of New Hampshire to watch “The Dream Is Now,” a Davis Guggenheim film that tells the stories of several undocumented students who would be eligible for legal status under the Dream Act.

Alejandro leads a drill team and aspires to serve in the Marines – but he can’t enlist. Ola has the grades to become a doctor – if she doesn’t get deported first.  Jose graduated from Arizona State with an engineering degree but works as a construction laborer.

The film was produced with support from Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Steve Jobs. Among Guggenheim’s other films is “Waiting for Superman,” a film about school choice and education reform.

After the film, UNH professors Cliff Brown and Chris Reardon led a discussion about immigration reform that included discussion of Dreamers and visa reform for international students and workers.

Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen are co-sponsors of the I-squared Act, which would raise caps on H-1B visas for highly educated foreigners and eliminate caps on those obtaining advanced degrees from U.S. colleges.

This year’s cap of 65,000 H-1B visas was filled in just five days, on April 5.

Fergus@ferguscullen.com, April 19, 2013

Author: Fergus Cullen

Fergus Cullen is a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party (2007-2008) and an editorial page columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

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