June 28 (New York) — Educators for Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, expressed their dismay about how separating migrant families, threatening unprecedented ICE raids and detaining children in deplorable conditions impacts children across the country.
"President Trump is stoking chaos in our communities and in our classrooms,” said E4E member Ilona Nanay, Global History Teacher at Mott Hall V High School in the Bronx, New York. “The repeated threats of mass deportations and dehumanization of desperate families takes a toll on the children across our country. Regardless of their citizenship, my students are terrified. They cannot learn about the Haitian Revolution or Gandhi or Mandela when they are worried they or someone close to them could be swept into a system that imprisons children.”
“Educators are advocates for children. All children,” said Sydney Morris, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Educators for Excellence. “We believe it’s critical that all children have access to an education and a safe place to learn. Hearing that children are still being separated from family members and then being forced to live in inexcusable conditions, without access to basic necessities and education, our members are outraged. We are calling on the administration to reunite children with their families and end targeted separation and mass deportation of families seeking asylum.”