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ACHA Statement on the Termination of Temporary Protected Status
In recent months, the Trump Administration has announced the end of special immigration status for hundreds of thousands of refugees living in the United States. These refugees came to this country in the wake of war, natural disaster, and violence, taking advantage of a special accommodation known as “Temporary Protected Status” (TPS). Over 430,000 people enjoy this status, but the protections for refugees of six nationalities will terminate, starting as early as this November, affecting hundreds of thousands and forcing deportations to countries wracked with extreme violence and recent natural disasters. Among those impacted will be refugees of all ages, including college students and their families. Read the statement here.
ACHA Comments on Proposed Rule Change for Short-Term Insurance Plans
Earlier this year the Trump Administration announced its intention to change the definition of "short-term, limited duration, insurance plans" from its current three-month maximum to a new twelve-month maximum with the ability to renew these plans year after year. A number of federal agencies issued a comment solicitation in response to the proposed rule change. With major concerns about this change's impact on student coverage and the stability of insurance, including student health insurance plans, ACHA's national office, executive committee, and Student Health Insurance Coalition formulated and formally submitted a comment in response to that solicitation. Read the comments here.
ACHA Signs Letter to DHS Secretary Regarding Processing of DACA Renewals
ACHA joined other higher
education associations in signing a letter to commend the decision of the Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) to initiate the renewal process for current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
(DACA) registrants. The signers expressed support for this decision, emphasized the importance of timely processing all DACA renewal applications,
encouraged DHS and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to
expedite the review and processing of all renewal applications and give prompt attention to
submissions that have recently expired or will expire in the coming days and weeks. Read the letter here.