Educators are sounding the alarm that students have become actual targets and collateral damage in the Trump administration’s assault on immigrants.
School districts across the country are rushing to declare school campuses “safe zones” for undocumented students.
“You matter. Your story matters. You are part of the fabric of this country.” Maria Dominguez’s message to undocumented people.
“I can’t stress enough the power of creating a welcoming environment in your own classrooms and communities.”
In the midst of a nasty election season where the mocking chant “Build that wall” has become an anti-immigrant anthem, educators and immigration rights activists have ramped up their support for America’s undocumented students.
“Anti-immigrant rhetoric has placed our students and their families on high alert, resulting in, among other things, increased absenteeism because families fear sending their children to school.
“People ask me all the time if this isn’t too controversial for students in my fourth grade class. It is not, because this is their reality.”
“Vision, dreams and passion can change policies in a positive way in our communities and our country.”
“Schools are safe havens. We are not immigration agents, therefore we will not be checking papers for legal status. We will continue to educate and protect our students.”
“This center is for our students; it’s a reminder of the power our community holds when we set out to make our world a better place.”