Published: Sep 16, 2013 10:49 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - Florida's higher education leaders are adding their voices to the immigration debate.
    
Eighteen of the state's college presidents signed a letter last week asking Florida's congressional delegation to pass an immigration overhaul. They say foreign-born students on temporary visas make up more than half of those earning advanced degrees in science and math. Those students, they say, need a path to citizenship in order to stay in the country, start businesses and help boost the economy.
    
A few of the presidents will have a press call on Monday to discuss the letter.
    
The Democratic-controlled Senate passed legislation in June. It included new visa programs and a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants here illegally. But the Republican-led House has rejected that approach.

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