President Donald Trump’s rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) revokes American promise to nearly 800,000 young children.
New Teacher Center CEO Ellen Moir issued the following statement:
Our country has been lauded as the ‘land of opportunity,’ where anyone can succeed if they just work hard enough. However, we know that this is not true. Those born into poverty, certain zip codes, or certain backgrounds all face barriers to reaching their full potential. The latest assault on DACA takes back the promises our government made to children of undocumented families, and brings back the insecurities that DACA children once thought were over, many of whom arrived in the United States as infants and have never called another country home.
Educators have a unique role to play in the lives of DACA students. They see, firsthand, the unique circumstances that children of undocumented parents face at home, in the classroom, and beyond. Knowing all this, educators can fulfill a critical role in helping students understand and reach their full potential.
Since the 2012 passage of DACA, educators—some DACA registered themselves—have helped their students understand the opportunities available to them. The Trump Administration’s rescinding of DACA brings back these barriers. No longer do students of undocumented parents have the opportunity to apply for or receive college financial aid or even lawfully work post-graduation in our country. We are stripping away the promise of opportunity and equity made to children, young students, and their families.
Twenty years ago, New Teacher Center was founded to provide educators the professional development support and skills so that they can improve their instructional practices to help students succeed. That support is critical, now more than ever.
Many of our district partners, who are beginning the new school year, now must prepare to alleviate the fears of DACA students, educators, and their families:
“School starts next week. Every student, parent and educator must know they are welcome in our city regardless of immigration status. DACA must continue. Every child deserves an excellent education—it’s up to us to make sure they get it.”
Carmen Farina, Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
“I can name countless dreamers who have walked the halls of my school making me proud as they worked hard to earn good grades, worked after school to lift the burden on their families, graduated at the top of their classes, and returned to the school to give back to younger students as college students and graduates. I fear the message this change will give those children who have worked hard to live the American dream. They represent the ideals and the very foundation that this country was built on, and now my greatest fear is the only country they’ve ever known and loved will send them a message that they don’t matter. Well, I hope they know that to so many of us teachers, leaders and educators they do! With this announcement to end DACA we see their faces and remember their struggles, and for them we will continue to fight.”
Meisha Ross-Porter, Superintendent
Community School District 11, New York City Department of Education
We will continue to support these educators and fight for DACA students so every child can seize every opportunity they can, and we encourage you to do so, as well. Urge members of Congress to protect DACA students by contacting your representatives from the House and Senate.
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New Teacher Center is a national nonprofit focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. NTC partners with states, school districts, and policymakers to design and implement programs that create sustainable, high-quality mentoring and professional development; build leadership capacity; work to enhance teaching conditions; improve retention; and transform schools into vibrant learning communities where all students succeed.