RECOGNIZING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 68
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2018)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E547-E548]
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                           HON. RODNEY DAVIS

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                        Thursday, April 26, 2018

  Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight 
the value and importance of international students in the United 
States. I am fortunate enough to represent numerous colleges and 
universities in my district. I have a deep appreciation for the 
important role these institutions play in providing opportunities for 
students around the globe.
  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the largest 
university in my district, enrolls over 10,000 international students 
from 122 different countries. Illinois State University boasts students 
from 67 countries and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has 325 
international students from 50 countries.
  I am proud to represent institutions like these that welcome the 
world's brightest learners. I believe that today's students become 
tomorrow's leaders. The former presidents of both Ecuador and the 
Philippines earned doctorate degrees from universities in my district, 
and I know that presidents and prime ministers all over the world have 
earned their college degrees right here in the United States.
  Welcoming international students and scholars strengthens our 
diplomatic ties with countries across the globe and contributes 
significantly to national security and to our economy. International 
students are vital to our nation's fabric. Through the exchange of 
ideals, languages, and cultures, diplomacy is strengthened and ourworld 
is made a better place.

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