“There was fear and hysteria even among documented students because many of them have loved ones they’re fearful for.”
Our nation’s prosperity has always depended on the contributions of diverse and vibrant immigrant communities. The fabric of the American dream is woven tightly with the millions upon millions of stories of strivers and dreamers.
A pragmatic approach to immigration is critical for our students –the center of our communities. All students should have the opportunity to learn without the fear and distress that result from unfair immigration policies. Educators are witnessing the impact of this trauma on for our students, their families and our communities firsthand.
This is why educators support commonsense immigration reforms that include:
- Addressing the millions of students and young adults who were brought here as children by their parents.
- Preserving family unity.
- Creating a realistic path to citizenship for the aspiring citizens who call America home.
NEA and the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) are joining together on May 1st in actions across the country. Educators, activists and community leaders demand that President Trump and our elected leaders in Washington focus their efforts on building schools, not walls.
“Our fight for a sanctuary district is about children not being afraid to come to school as I.C.E. deportation squads roam our community, spreading fear.”
“I shouldn’t have to talk to seven year olds about what will happen to them if their parents are deported.”
Recent Executive Orders and ICE raids have caused fear and confusion in immigrant communities. Here’s how you can make a difference for your students.
“It shouldn’t matter if someone’s name is Michael, Muhammad, Miguel, Marina or Marcelia, now is the time to resist President Trump’s policies of hate and division and protect our neighbors who have and continue to make invaluable contributions to our country.”
“You matter. Your story matters. You are part of the fabric of this country.” Maria Dominguez’s message to undocumented people.
“I can’t stress enough the power of creating a welcoming environment in your own classrooms and communities.”
In the midst of a nasty election season where the mocking chant “Build that wall” has become an anti-immigrant anthem, educators and immigration rights activists have ramped up their support for America’s undocumented students.
Educators who have been racing against the clock to save two more North Carolina students from imminent deportation are contemplating a bittersweet victory today.
After a harrowing six-month stay in a detention center for undocumented immigrants, Wildin Acosta is back in school where he belongs.
“Every student in this country is guaranteed the right to an education.”
People ask me all the time if this isn’t too controversial for students in my fourth grade class. It is not, because this is their reality.
For many of America’s most vulnerable students, the newest round of immigration raids by the Department of Homeland Security is not just news but the stuff of nightmares.
When high school student Wildin Acosta left the house to warm up his car on a cold winter day a few weeks ago, he didn’t know he’d never reach school that morning. Instead, Acosta was seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from his front yard as his family looked on in horror.
It was only the second trip to Washington, DC, for teacher Areli Zárate, and the pace and button-downed demeanor of Capitol Hill denizens served as a stark reminder that she was a long way from home in Austin, Texas. But no matter. Zárate was here to give voice to her students, their families and millions of others whose fate hinges on a legal challenge discussed this week in the U.S. Supreme Court.
- MALDEF/NEA FAQS on harassment and bullying based on perceived national origin
- MALDEF/NEA La Intimidación en la Escuela y el Hostigamiento Basado en la Raza, Etnia, País de Origen o Estado Migratorio Actual o Percibido
- Sample School Board Resolution & Policy on “Safe Zone” Immigration Safety
- FAQS on “Safe Zone” School Board Resolution
- Sample “Safe Zones” resolution for Higher Ed Institutions
- Know Your Rights : Educators for Immigrant Youth webinar- a presentation from NEA and our partners at the National Immigration Law Center. A recording of the webinar can be found here, the PDF of the slides can be found here.
- Lessons from Organizing for Sanctuary Schools & Campuses – a webinar presented by National Education Association, Law at the Margins, National Immigration Law Center, and National Day Laborers Network. Information presented on how to launch an organizing campaign to achieve safe zone status for local schools. You can view the webinar on Youtube here.
- For quick tips, share the “What to Do About DACA” graphic.
- MALDEF has prepared an Immigrants’ Rights Frequently Asked Questions for Students, Educators and Social Service Providers
- United We Dream offers tools and resources for its affiliates and supporters, to help with your advocacy and direct service work. Download your Deportation Defense Card at Protect Yourself and Your Family from Immigration Raids.
- The Dream.US recommends a list of other sites where DREAMers can find scholarships, programs, and local support. Click here to access Legal Resources.
- The National Immigration Law Center has developed a guide to help you Know Your Rights No Matter Who Is President.
- Your Students and Immigration Raids : What You Can Do
- United We Dream’s “Know Your Rights” flier
- Dreamers Welcome poster
- National Immigration Law Center’s FAQ on President Trump’s Executive Order Targeting Refugees and Muslims