Statement from PCHE on Immigration Policy

PITTSBURGH, PA - "The Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) and its 10 member institutions -- Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University and the University of Pittsburgh - recognize the importance of immigration policies that balance the security of the United States with the need to welcome those from around the world who positively impact our country, region and our institutions. 

"Pittsburgh's higher education community prides itself on being a national leader in innovation, research, and education. Our colleges and universities have attracted a multitude of talented individuals from across the globe, some of whom are from the seven nations whose citizens are currently banned from entering the United States. These students, staff and faculty have entered our country legally, complying with the existing vetting and visa requirements, which are already quite rigorous. We share significant concerns that the executive order will have negative consequences for our institutions locally and across the United States, diminishing their ability to compete as global leaders in higher education.

"Our colleges and universities in the Pittsburgh region value the rich and diverse culture created by welcoming international students, staff and faculty, both within our respective institutions as well as throughout the broader community. In addition to the value these individuals contribute to our institutions, the higher education sector is a top employer for the region, which also will potentially experience the negative effects of this executive order. The immediate ramifications of the ban of current visa and green card holders are clearly evident on our campuses and in our communities, and we respectfully ask the administration to reconsider this policy."

Karina Chavez
Executive Director
Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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