On December 4, 2018, JNCL-NCLIS submitted the following letter to the Department of Homeland Security via USCIS expressing our disapproval with the current administration’s proposed rule. The proposal can be found here. The Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) represents a diverse network of over 130 organizations, companies and research institutes encompassing all areas of.. read more →

Last Monday, the California General Assembly opened its long-anticipated pre-filing period, allowing politicians to draw their battle lines around arguably the most economically consequential issue this session: the fate of Dynamex and the “ABC test.” read more →

Your Comments Needed:  In October, the Trump Administration directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to publish a proposed rule expanding the definition of who is to be considered a “public charge” to include immigrants and non-immigrants alike who are authorized to be in the United States. The rule is accepting comments and recommendations from.. read more →

For Immediate Release December 3, 2018, Washington, DC — Today, the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies announced the composition of the 2019 Board of Directors. The Delegate Assembly of JNCL-NCLIS has voted to approve the following appointments to fill Board vacancies for a two-year term beginning.. read more →

30 Nov 2018
November 30, 2018

Legislative Update: November 2018

A message from the Executive Director On the night of November 6th, the so-called “blue wave” started slow, but as the final votes were tallied (and in some cases re-tallied) a week later, the Democrats’ pick-up of nearly 40 seats in the House proved to be a tsunami. And the new freshmen class is more.. read more →

A Concrete Policy Result Due to Collective Effort To commemorate International Education Week 2018, the US Department of Education released new policy guidelines, along with a short video from the Secretary, that puts language learning front and center. (By the way, the video is worth watching; it’s probably the strong statement that the Department of Education has.. read more →

Members of Congress rushed home this week, many hitting the campaign trail with only a few weeks before the November 6th midterm elections. All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up for grabs, and voters will be paying attention: NBC News reports that that over 25 million people have registered to vote for.. read more →

On Wednesday, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill that would create incentives for colleges and universities to operate teacher preparation programs tailored to serve English-language learners. The Reaching English Language Learners Act would create grants for higher education institutions under Title II of the Higher Education Act. Those grants would be used to produce teachers qualified.. read more →

August 22, 2018, WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate Committee Hearing on the efforts to revitalize Native American Languages was a great success in both making new connections at DHS as well as hearing positive testimony from Senators and panelist alike about the tangible and intangible value that Native American languages bring to this country. JNCL-NCLIS was.. read more →

Late Wednesday night, the White House abruptly released a statement to Senators encouraging the elimination of 28 education programs, totaling around $6 billion, calling them “unnecessary,” “duplicative, narrowly-focused” and “unable to demonstrate effectiveness.” Although the education programs cited were not named in the 7-page statement, they were also not included in the President’s FY19 Budget proposal.. read more →