As public school employees, we are advocates for all of our students and their families. Our advocacy extends beyond the school walls and it is imperative that we actively participate in efforts to defend our immigrant students and all undocumented people from the ongoing injustices directed at them through unjust legislation and policy.
Last Tuesday, President Trump announced the elimination of DACA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides renewable permits for nearly 800,000 DREAMers who live, study, and work in the United States – a program that provides opportunities to many of our students and their family members. Instead of offering an immigration process that allows a path to citizenship for DREAMers, Trump continues his crusade against immigrant families. You can show your support with the following:
Consider supporting justice for immigrant families by donating to Voces De La Frontera or United We Dream.
View these NEA Resources for Educators Supporting DREAMers.
Call Paul Ryan’s office at (202) 225-3031 and urge him to speak up for DACA and support legislation that provides protection from deportation and a path to citizenship for immigrant youth!
Sign the NEA #DEFENDDACA Pledge, and fight to protect our students.
For more info about DACA, watch a brief informative video about DACA.
In addition to these events, each of us can also support our students and families on a personal level as they deal with the uncertainty created by the elimination of DACA. In many cases the public school is the primary place that provides safety, stability and trustworthy information, and we are the professionals who provide guidance and support.
MTI Executive Director