Today is March 5, six months to the day when U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Today was the day the Obama Administration’s program to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation was set to end.
In the past five years, nearly 800,000 young people had benefited from DACA, through its work authorization, and related access, like driver’s licenses, and other benefits to many families who are proud members of Massachusetts Parents United.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of court orders that are keeping DACA in place for the time being.
An ultimate decision on DACA could take several months and we must keep up the pressure to force Congress to provide a long-term solution. While we continue this important work together, here are some quick resources available for MPU families and others who need immediate information and assistance:
Keep your Massachusetts Parents United “Know Your Rights” Card with you at all times.
If your DACA had already expired, or is expiring soon, you still have a chance to renew it. United We Dream has a helpful FAQ to get you started.
Over the past several months, we have worked together in Massachusetts to ensure our families are safe and our lawmakers, educators, and communities advocate on the part of our children and families. We are continuing to work with schools across the Commonwealth to ensure they have the information they need to keep our children protected. School should be a safe place for every child in Massachusetts.
The U.S. Supreme Court has established that public schools must be accessible to all children regardless of immigration status and further that when children are present in school buildings, the school is responsible for their care in place of their parents. In combination, these mean that schools have significant authority and the obligation to take steps to protect children, including undocumented children.
In general, The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) requires that schools withhold information that could identify students to third parties, including federal immigration officials.
Other ways you can take action NOW:
- Access online “Know Your Rights” resources in English, Spanish, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, Korean and Somali — written literature and video materials.
- Request a “Know Your Rights” workshop or safe-space support group via Massachusetts Parents United.
- Report bias incidents to the Attorney General’s anti-harassment hotline.
Today we renew our commitment to stand strong together and fight.
Estamos contigo desde siempre y nunca nos hemos abandonado unos a los otros.