Students and Teachers Affected by DACA Repeal | Last Week’s Best Articles

We’re back with Last Week’s Best Articles In Education!

Our team is always seeking the latest news in the field of education. As advocates for a quality education for ALL students, we know we have to stay up-to-date on everything that’s going on in the education spheres of our nation…from the White House to the local public school district, from new legislation to the small acts of bravery and kindness made by a single teacher, from the milestones and celebrations to the hazardous injustices affecting many of our nations students.

This week’s edition focuses on the Trump administration’s decision to wind down DACA over the next 6 months and the effects that will have on our nation’s schools, educators, students, and families.


How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Traumatizing Students Across the U.S. — Including Many Born Here via The 74 Million

Gathered around a camera in their family’s kitchen, the four Duarte children pleaded for help. When their undocumented parents were picked up by border patrol agents outside their home in National City, California, the full-time students, ages 12 to 19, were unable to pay for food, let alone rent.

Yarely and Aracely, 12-year-old twin sisters, had watched it happen. The girls were eating breakfast last May when their father, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, went outside to grab a newspaper and was swarmed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. When their mother went outside to investigate all the commotion, she, too, was arrested.


Getting immigrant students to show up at Memphis schools was already hard. Ending DACA makes it harder. via Chalkbeat

Principal Tanisha Heaston recalls a question posed by one parent who was considering enrolling her child in Treadwell Elementary School: “How will I know my child will make it home from school?”

”Fear is there,” said Heaston, whose school is home to the city’s only Spanish dual-language immersion program.

The drop in enrollment arrived at a bad time for the mostly black district, which has lost students annually to state-run and suburban school systems that have sprung up in Memphis in the last five years.


Teachers are among those affected by looming end of DACA via Los Angeles Times

A real-time civics lesson could be coming to some classrooms in Los Angeles whose teachers are among the 800,000 young immigrants protected from deportation by DACA.

An organization that could be particularly hard hit by the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach for two years in schools in low-income communities. Some of the recruits decide to stay on as teachers.


One thing to read this week…

American Dreamers via The New York Times

The Times Editorial Board features stories from young immigrants and DACA recipients who were spared from deportation and permitted to work during the Obama administration.

“DACA has become a reassuring force to many students like myself who’s only desire is to be given an education in order to become a successful factor of this society.”

“The benefit DACA has given me, and hundreds of thousands of other undocumented youth like me, is unmeasurable. It’s given me a purpose in life, and it’s given me a chance to relate to my peers. I am still working two jobs and paying my way through school, but I am confident that I am making a difference. Immigrants like me are helping shape America.”


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