published Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Tennessee educators push Sens. Alexander, Corker for immigration reform


The following is a list of Tennessee college and university chancellors and presidents who signed a letter sent to U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker urging that they support a bi-partisan immigration reform bill.

John Morgan, Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents system

Jimmy Cheek, The University of Tennessee in Knoxville

Nick Zeppos, Vanderbilt University

Shirley Raines, University of Memphis

Brian Noland, East Tennessee State University

Robert Fisher, Belmont University

John Smarrelli, Christian Brothers University

Harvill Eaton, Cumberland University

James Williams, Fisk University

Greg Jordan, King College

Gary Weedman, Johnson University

James Dawson, Lincoln Memorial University

Randy Lowry, Lipscomb University

Kenneth Schwab, Middle Tennessee School for Anesthesia

Bill Greer, Milligan College

Gordon Bietz, Southern Adventist University

Richard Phillips, Southern College of Optometry

Glenda Glover, Tennessee State University

Philip Oldham, Tennessee Tech University

Dan Boone, Trevecca Nazarene University

Nancy Moody, Tusculum College

MEMPHIS — 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.

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