#HomeIsHere Toolkit for PreK-12 Educators, Leaders, and Policymakers

#HomeIsHere Toolkit for PreK-12 Educators, Leaders, and Policymakers

Google DocMAY 2020


Home Is Here • Next100 • NEA edjustice • American Federation of Teachers • Chiefs for Change • United We Dream • ImmSchools • Immigrants Rising • Teach for America • National Immigration Law Center


In September 2017, the Trump Administration terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which provides protection from deportation for nearly 650,000 young immigrants. Communities quickly took action: DACA recipients, ally organizations, and institutions filed lawsuits challenging the decision. Federal judges around the country issued orders requiring U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to keep DACA renewals open. However, the government appealed the court rulings and the U.S. Supreme Court decided that it would hear the case. On November 12, 2019, the Court heard oral arguments in the DACA case. It is expected to issue its decision by June of 2020. There are three possible ruling scenarios:

  1. The Court decides to stay out of it. The Supreme Court could decide that it has no authority to review the legality of the Trump administration ending DACA. This would mean that the Trump administration’s termination of DACA is allowed.
  2. The Court sides with the Trump administration. This would mean that the Supreme Court agrees that President Trump ended DACA lawfully, in which case, Trump can definitively end DACA.
  3. The Court sides with DACA recipients. This would mean that DACA will survive but the Trump administration may try to end it in another way soon after.

We do not know how the Supreme Court will rule, but we know that DACA recipients and the rest of our undocumented loved ones are at jeopardy of being deported. The Supreme Court decision will not impact the fate only of DACA recipients — it will have a ripple effect on all undocumented and mixed–immigration status families, as well as on the systems that support them, including public K-12 districts throughout the country. If this were not enough, the global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life as we know it and is exacerbating the anxiety and the risks for DACA recipients, many of whom do work that has been deemed essential. Exposing nearly 650,000 people to losing their jobs and being at risk of deportation is the last thing our communities need right now.

That is why, now more than ever, it is of paramount importance that educators understand the impact of the DACA decision on their students, families, and colleagues; are prepared to address the impact within their classrooms and schools; and are equipped with ways to take action to protect immigrant families at this moment of uncertainty and high risk.

This toolkit provides information for educators, families, school leaders, and district and state leaders on how to take action after the Supreme Court announces the DACA ruling, including resources to support you in understanding (1) the rights of all students, regardless of their immigration status; (2) best practices for supporting students; (3) how to make your voice heard; and (4) ways to advocate to elected officials.


TOOLKIT CONTENTS

  • Educators Directly Impacted by Supreme Court DACA Decision
  • Educators + Family-facing Coordinators
  • School Leaders (Coaches, Assistant Principals, Principals)
  • District, School Board, and Charter Management Organization (CMO) Leadership
  • State Education Leaders (Superintendents, Commissioners, Secretaries of Education)
  • Checklist of Best Practices for Supporting Immigrant Students, Educators, and Families
  • Sample Social Media
  • Story Sharing
  • Higher Education Resources

To access the toolkit, click on “Google Doc,” above (at the right side of the dateline).