Educators for Excellence Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision to End Successful DACA Program
September 5, 2017 (New York) — Following the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Educators for Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization, released the following statement against the action.
“When a 5th grader is afraid they may be forced to leave a country they have known their entire lives, they cannot focus on learning about their identity and finding their voice as a reader, writer, mathematician or scientist. As a teacher, I do my best to create a safe and comfortable classroom, where every child is able to develop and grow in their own way,” said Jessica Cuellar, a special education teacher at Community Charter Elementary School in Sylmar, CA and a member of the E4E DACA Teacher Action Team. “This action by President Trump makes my job harder and will cause chaos in students’ lives. I ask that President Trump take into consideration the voices of teachers who care for these children every day, and reconsider this unfair and harmful decision.”
“President Trump’s executive action on DACA is unjust and immoral. Our country should not turn our back on young people and force them to hide in the shadows. When children fear that they will be detained and deported to what may be an unknown country or that their family will be pulled apart, it impedes their ability to not only learn, but to achieve the American dream,” said Evan Stone, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of E4E. “Until now DACA has removed that fear and allowed hundreds of thousands of students to feel safe in their communities and classrooms. Ending DACA will greatly affect the well-being of children across America and spread fear just as the school year starts - a time that should be about spreading hope and opportunity. We call on Congress to return stability to families, schools and communities by passing a permanent legislative solution that protects Dreamers by giving them a clear and transparent pathway to becoming permanent residents and eventually apply for citizenship.”
Earlier this year, more than 1,200 E4E members signed a letter calling on President Trump and members of Congress to fulfill the promises made to undocumented students and families under DACA. The letter cited the significance of DACA in protecting the safety of students and educators with DACA status, as well as called for a solution, such as the DREAM Act.
In the letter, the E4E members also committed to:
- Making sure that all students are welcomed and included in our classrooms, regardless of immigration status;
- Protecting information about the immigration status of students and their families; and
- Supporting our students, our colleagues and their families by advocating to maintain DACA and finding a more long-lasting solution.