Immigrant/ Refugee Students
In the last few weeks, several reports were released, documenting the negative impact that the current immigration enforcement policies are having on immigrant children:
The UCLA Civil Rights Project has released a report, entitled U.S. Immigration Enforcement Policy and its Impact on Teaching and Learning in the Nation’s Schools. The researchers, led by Dr. Patricia Gandara, surveyed thousands of educators across the U.S. and found that the teachers and administrators have noticed the impact, including increased absenteeism, behavior or emotional problems, and academic decline. The Civil Rights Project and the Migration Policy Institute co-hosted a convening and webcast at the Wilson Center to release the report as well as a companion paper about the impact on educators, Stressed, Overworked, and Not Sure Whom to Trust: The Impacts of Recent Immigration Enforcement on our Public School Educators.
Less than a week later, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released a pair of reports highlighting the impact of current immigration policy on young children and early childhood education providers. Our Children’s Fear: Immigration Policy’s Effects on Young Children surveyed educators in six states and also documents the negative impact that immigration policies are having on young immigrant children and their parents. The key findings include:
- Young children fear their parents will be taken away
- Young children’s daily routines are interrupted because fear is keeping families isolated in
their homes—resulting in reduced access to early care and education programs
Parent and provider accounts suggest that young children are getting less access to nutrition and health care services because of families’ fears
- Young children’s housing and economic stability are in turmoil, with likely significant consequences for their well-being
- Parents and caregivers—the most important source of support for young children—are themselves under severe stress and lack resources to meet their needs
The report finishes with Federal, state, and local policy recommendations as well as recommendations for the philanthropic community.
The companion report from CLASP, Immigration Policy’s Harmful Impacts on Early Care and Education, finds that:
- Early care and education programs have experienced drops in enrollment, attendance, and parent participation
- Early care and education programs face increased difficulty connecting immigrant families to health, nutrition, and social services
Many early care and education programs feel unprepared to meet families’ needs
Immigration policy changes directly affect the early care and education workforce
Early care and education programs’ responses to the current environment differ—with some taking on new roles and approaches
The four reports all highlight what educators across the country can tell you – immigration policies are deeply impacting the students, their families, and the educational staff they interact with on a daily basis.
Californians Together is pleased to announce the relaunch of the Informed Immigrant website. We have partnered with Informed Immigrant to create an “Educator’s Corner” to curate and share resources for educators including:
- Classroom tools
- Policies and protocol
- Advice for schools to share immigration-related resources with families
- College access and scholarships
- Nationwide directory of legal aid
Californians Together will be partnering on-going to ensure that new resources are added and highlighted on the InformedImmigrant.com website
In response to the voices of teachers concerned about the stress and tensions that their students have expressed about their family members' immigration status, Californians Together is offering a one-day "Trainer of Trainers" Workshop.
The training includes:
- Grade-span (K-2, 3-5, 6-12) classroom lesson modules addressing the social, emotional and educational needs of students worried about immigration status of their families
- Interactive student-teacher scenarios
- Guide to create safe and welcoming schools
- Up-to-date legal advice
- Lunch, training materials & 3 children's books
District and county professional development staff, teacher leaders, English learner specialists and coordinators, Title I and Title III administrators and specialists, leadership teams from the district, county or school site
Los Angeles County Office of Education April 12, 2018
Santa Clara County Office of Education April 24, 2018
Sacramento County Office of Education May 1, 2018
San Diego County Office of Education May 3, 2018
Monterey County Office of Education June 11, 2018
Kern County Office of Education TBD
San Bernardino County Office of Education TBD
For more information, please contact Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez: email@example.com
Beyond Teaching English:
Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students
January 17, 2018
9 am – 3 pm
California Community Foundation
Joan Palevsky Center
Los Angeles, CA
Californians Together invites you to attend a convening of school districts and local and statewide education community partners to highlight the results of the report, “Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students,” by Julie Sugarman of the Migration Policy Institute. [Read more…] about Workshop: Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students
ON DACA WE STAND TOGETHER
Yesterday’s announcement from President Trump putting an end to the DACA program reminds us why we are Californians Together. It reminds us not just in California, but across the country, why we stand together, why we work together and why we make progress together.
We at Californians Together have heard from teachers and parents about the stress, fears and tension our students are experiencing. For many of our families DACA young adults are models for their younger siblings and have brought some stability to their family.
Today, we wanted to start by sharing some of the words that we have heard from others, reminding us of what is at stake and why we must stand together – as some have pointed out, on the right side of history.
Former President Obama reminds us that “This is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.“
California Senator Kamala Harris spoke strongly yesterday – “We’ve got to stop playing politics with these kids!” She reminded us: “Let’s be clear about the dynamic in which we are discussing this. I’ve met with senior members of this administration, who, when asked, had to confess they’d never met a Dreamer. How can you form such strong opinions about people you’ve never met, people you don’t know, and then allow this population to be villified. It’s not only wrong, it’s irresponsible.“
IT’S TIME TO ACT!
So many organizations are standing together urging Congress to act. Here are three important bills that will need our support. Please take a few minutes to call or write your representatives in Congress or Senators Dianne Feinstein (www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me or (202) 224-3841) or Senator Kamala Harris (ww.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator or (202) 224-3553).
- The DREAM Act, to provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants who have graduated from high school, are pursuing higher education, or serving in the military. You can use these talking points.
- The BRIDGE Act, would provide employment authorization and protection from deportation for individuals who currently hold and are eligible for DACA. You can use these talking points.
- The American Hope Act would provide DACA students as well as other eligible young undocumented immigrants who were brought to America as children, with a permanent, legislative solution that allows them to stay legally in the United States. You can find talking points here.
Make sure DACA students and their families are well informed in these difficult times. Here are resources that we recommend:
- United We Dream has launched a new site focused on DACA at We Are Here To Stay
- What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA (ILRC Community Advisor)
- Here is a great letter to the community from Oakland USD Superintendent