On Friday, July 16, a federal judge ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is unlawful. DACA is an immigration policy that enables undocumented students who were brought to the United States as children to stay and work without deportation. This decision would halt new DACA applications and prevent the Department of Homeland Security from granting applicants protections from the program, raising new fear and uncertainty for DREAMers. President Biden has since called on Congress to ensure a path to citizenship for DACA recipients.
MAEC supports immigrant students and DACA
DACA is a vital protection for over 65,000 students in the Eastern seaboard states, where MAEC’s Center for Education Equity (CEE) serves, and ensures they can live, work, and support their families and communities.
“Now is the time to redouble our efforts to achieve a path to citizenship for these residents in the country they call home. We must also continue to encourage schools — educators, administrators, and leaders — to protect the immigrant youth they serve,” says MAEC President Susan Shaffer.
MAEC is committed to serving immigrant communities
MAEC stands with immigrant populations and the schools and communities that support them. Our mission of equity in education includes working to remove barriers for all students to succeed and thrive. MAEC provides services and resources for both families and educators:
Engaging Immigrant Families (webinar)
Reopening Schools During COVID-19 (toolkit)
Creating New Futures for Newcomers (publication)
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