FEA: Trumps order to end DACA endangers students

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Education Association (FEA) President Joanne McCall condemned President Trump’s order to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

“The children protected by DACA are, for all intents and purposes, Americans.  They have grown up here. Their dreams for the future are here. Their families are part of our communities – they are part of our school community,” McCall said. “The President’s actions today will tear families apart -- and our students will suffer."

McCall noted that Florida is home to over 650,000 undocumented immigrants with South Florida ranking 5th in the nation for the size of the undocumented population. Many of the students impacted under Trump’s order did not make the choice to come to this country and consider themselves citizens.

“This is a disgraceful political response to appease his base,” McCall said. “Trump promised ‘these incredible kids’ would be treated ‘with heart.’ His actions today were utterly heartless. Many undocumented families have come here to escape unthinkable poverty, violence and persecution. They came here to give their children a better life. We should be working to fix a burdensome and broken immigration system instead of punishing innocent children.”

The Florida Education Association joins the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers in calling on Congress to act immediately to stop this unnecessary and cruel attack on our students and their families.

“We are demanding that Congress do the right thing. They must act now to protect DACA recipients and Dreamers so our students have the stability they deserve.”


Resources and Actions

Press statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten on September 5th:

https://www.aft.org/press-release/afts-weingarten-responds-daca-repeal

Press statement from NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on September 5th:

http://www.nea.org/home/71607.htm

Video Statement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB2dgeqFvZU

Take Action page: www.NEAEdJustice.org/daca

AFT DACA  take action page encouraging members to contact Congress to demand they immediately address DACA.

Please share action page widely with members, partners, and allies.

Resources for educators and students including public guidance from NEA OGC (also attached) www.neaedjustice.org/daca-resources

Please share resources widely with members, partners, and allies.

Sample Tweet(s) for you to lift on social media:

•      As a public education ally I will continue to work so that ALL students can reach their dreams! #DefendDACA http://neaedjustice.org/daca/  

•      “We are Dreamers, we work hard, we contribute, we are devoted to this country.” http://educationvotes.nea.org/2016/12/15/undocumented-educator-realizesdream-teach-daca/ #DefendDACA 

•      Our voices are needed NOW to counter the hateful attacks on our students, teachers & community. #DefendDACA!  http://neaedjustice.org/daca/

 

NEA EdJustice Activist Email: NEA will be sending out an NEA EdJustice email to social justice activists with links to resources and actions.  If you or your members would like to receive upcoming social justice alerts, please go towww.neaedjustice.org and sign up.

 

To find actions near you, please go tohttp://weareheretostay.org/


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