HIGHLIGHTING THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - April 30, 2019)

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    HIGHLIGHTING THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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                           HON. RODNEY DAVIS

                              of illinois

                    in the house of representatives

                        Tuesday, April 30, 2019

  Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois. Madam 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 10,577 international students 
from 116 different countries. Illinois State University boasts 502 
students from 73 countries and Southern Illinois University 
Edwardsville has 368 international students from 24 countries--all of 
these numbers represent an increase in last year's numbers for each 
university.
  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 our 
world is made a better place.

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