The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NP Strategy Group released new polling on higher education and immigration that shows support for COVID-19 relief measures for immigrant workers and students.
Key takeaways from the polling report include:
- 55% of respondents think that the federal government should automatically extend work permits for immigrants with permission to be in the United States (U.S.) as a response to the COVID pandemic. Compared to 24% of survey respondents who disagree and 21% who did not know or was not sure.
- 57% of respondents think that higher education students with financial need, regardless of their immigration status, should be eligible for emergency grants that Congress passes as part of legislation to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to 23% who disagreed or 19% who did not know or was not sure.
- Although 53% of respondents favor laws and policies that attract and retain international students and scholars to the U. S., 48% percent of respondents think that the federal government should allow new international students to enter the U. S. to enroll.
- The demographics for the respondents that expressed the most support for COVID-19 relief measures were from the 18-24 age group and urban residents.
- The demographics for the respondents that expressed the least support for COVID-19 relief measures were from the 55-56 age group and rural residents.
Review the complete findings here.