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Florida University and College Presidents Urge Congress To Pass Immigration Reform


Several presidents of Florida’s colleges and universities are hoping to make their case to Congress that passing immigration reform is a good investment for the nation as a whole.

Florida Institute of Technology President Anthony Catanese says studies show most students receiving masters and doctorates in the STEM fields—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—are international students. He says Congress should think about passing an immigration overhaul because of the economic benefits that data offers.

“In our case at Florida Tech, they’re primarily students from China and India, and we’re sending them back. And, they’re going back and competing with American companies and entrepreneurs. And, they would like to stay here. I don’t see any political issue here.”

Last week, 19 of the state’s university and college presidents signed a letter asking Florida’s congressional delegation to help get an immigration overhaul passed. It was passed by the U.S. Senate in June, but the Republican-led House rejected the idea. 

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.