Research universities are complex institutions affected by a large scope of federal policies. AAU and its members engage and work with Congress and Executive Branch departments and agencies to shape policies and federal investments affecting students, faculty, and the ability of research universities to achieve their educational missions of teaching, research, and service. Key Issues are the primary areas in which AAU engages federal policymaking.
The joint statement emphasized how the proposed policy obscures and conflates the important distinction between ‘unlawful presence’ – illegal presence in the United States – and the ‘maintenance of status’ – as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
AAU thanks Representative Stivers (R-OH) and Bill Foster (D-IL) for introducing the STRONGER Patents Act, bipartisan legislation that would effectively crack down on abuses of the U.S. patent system while taking steps to improve that system.