By MTEA President Kim Schroeder
As educators, we have a moral obligation to protect ALL students. We must support the movement to defend our immigrant students and all undocumented people from Donald Trump during this time of injustice.
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. Instead of offering an immigration process that allows a path to citizenship for DREAMers, Trump continues his crusade against immigrant families. His decision to end DACA is especially threatening to our students who haven’t turned 16 yet and are waiting to apply.
Trump’s decision to end DACA furthers his white nationalist agenda and threatens the opportunity many of our students have to an education.
You can show you support with the following:
- Attend tonight’s emergency march and rally to stand in solidarity with those affected by the termination of DACA and to stand up for the legalization of ALL immigrants. Emergency March to Defend DACA / ¡Marcha para DACA! | Wed., Sep. 6 from 6pm-8pm.
- Consider supporting justice for immigrant families by donating to Voces De La Frontera.
- 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.
In the coming days students and their families may be looking to you for strength, courage, and answers. Please continue to be vocal in your support of justice for our students and all immigrants in this country.