With the recent news surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many of our students and families in Los Angeles are facing an uncertain future. How can educators support DACA students and families?
- Inform your school community.
There is a lot of misinformation being passed around social media causing fear and stress amongst our students. Work with your school administrators and fellow educators to pass out information throughout your school community. United We Dream has sent out several communications, including the one below, that encapsulate the most pertinent information for DACA students.
- Engage students in dialogue about the issue.
One of the best way to combat misinformation is through discussions with students that educate and allow them to reflect on the issue. Teaching Tolerance provides resources for educators on how to best navigate difficult topics in the classroom.
- Refer students and families to local resources.
Several organizations and crowdfunding sources are providing legal support and financial assistance for DACA renewals meeting the Oct. 5 cut-off date including Mission Asset Fund, Undocumedia, and others. Regardless of the rescinding, undocumented students and families still have basic rights when dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and law enforcement as shown in this National Immigration Law Center know-your-rights card:
- Create a safe space.
The last year has been especially tough on undocumented students’ emotional and mental wellness. Making yourself available as a resource for students to reflect and process current events can help make a difference in their daily lives. Sharing videos like this one created by Define American may also promote a positive message during this current climate.