The Campaign Against SEVIS
Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a computer system for racial profiling that singles out and criminalizes international students in the U.S.
The USA PATRIOT Act and the Border Securities Act make it mandatory for universities to provide information on international students directly to the INS, the State Dept, the FBI, and other government agencies. Under the law, universities must enter confidential student information into the SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) computer system.
Write letters to the editors. Educate yourself and others about SEVIS.
The StopSEVIS campaign is a project of the Hawai`i Chapter of Refuse & Resist!
Support the DREAM Act
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) S1291 and the Student Adjustment Act, HR 1918 are pending in Congress to clear up the immigration status issues and address federal barriers to education and work confronted by the U.S.-raised children of undocumented immigrants.
Under current law, 50-65,000 students graduate from American high schools each year who have been in the U.S. more than five years but who face limited prospects for completing their education or working legally in the United States because they were originally brought here by parents lacking immigration status. Among those prevented from completing their education are valedictorians, honors students, award winners, class presidents, and student leaders. These young people deserve a fresh start, both in fairness to them and in our national interest.
The DREAM Act would address this issue in two ways:
by deleting a federal provision that interferes with a states right to determine which students qualify as residents for purposes of in-state tuition or other state education benefits; and
by providing a mechanism for certain long-term resident immigrant students with good moral character to apply for legal residency so that they can work and otherwise fully participate in their communities.