President Donald Trump said Sept. 5 that he is ending DACA, a program that allowed about 800,000 people who entered the United States illegally as children the ability to register and work here.
DACA is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals law.
Trump is giving the program six months to expire and called on Congress to come up with a solution of its own to this issue.
The Department of Homeland Security has prepared a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the new ruling and answers to those questions.
The National Education Association has prepared several resources on this topic that members may find helpful if this decision affects students in their classrooms.
One is a guide specifically for educators that includes many resources.
Here are three ways members can show support for the act.
And, this is a site dedicated to all things related to the issue. Here you can find resources for:
- Helping children process this issue if their parents might be affected;
- More information about the issue itself;
- Ways to link your classroom to the news;
- How you can get involved in your own community;
- Help addressing hate and racism in your world; and
- Ways to speak out.
To find actions happening near you where you can participate to make your voice heard, you can visit We Are Here to Stay.
In addition, NEA has scheduled three webinars for educators over the next several weeks.
- Wed., Sept. 20: Responding to Hate and Bias at School — Just as schools have plans in place to respond to fires or natural disasters, they must also be prepared to respond to incidents of hate and bias. In this first of three school-climate webinars with NEA and Teaching Tolerance, you will reflect on your school’s climate, identify existing policies and procedures for responding to incidents of hate and bias, and learn how to draft an action plan.
- Wed., Oct. 4: Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics with Students — Join NEA and Teaching Tolerance for our second of three school-climate webinars. This time, we will provide guidance on how to have relevant and rigorous conversations with students about race, racism and other important topics. Teaching Tolerance’s resource Let’s Talk! will serve as a foundation to help build your capacity to safely broach these issues, and you’ll walk away with use-tomorrow strategies.
- Wed., Oct. 18: Speak up at School — In the last webinar of our series on school climate, NEA and Teaching Tolerance will offer strategies for responding to biased remarks in a timely manner and helping students to do the same. You will learn to name different types of biased language you might hear at school, identify words that have become colloquial yet are still harmful, understand intent versus impact and gain valuable skills for creating a positive school climate.