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Immigrant students in the U.S. represent a diverse and growing community that includes immigrant students with U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and other types of permanent or temporary immigration status. These students help strengthen America’s higher education community, driving an increase in overall enrollment figures in higher education. Immigrant students and their families also contribute to the success of the U.S. economy and the social fabric of America. First and second-generation immigrant students, known as immigrant-origin students, account for 5.6 million students, or 31% of all students in higher education. First-generation immigrants were born abroad and immigrated to the U.S. Second-generation immigrants are U.S.-born individuals with at least one immigrant parent.