San Diego Unified Condemns Decision to Rescind Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals "DACA"
SAN DIEGO - September 5, 2017 -- Today, President Donald Trump acted to remove the protections afforded to thousands of immigrant students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Despite this decision, San Diego Unified School District wants to firmly assure students and parents that we remain committed to protecting the rights of every child to an education. All children are welcome in our school community.
The mission of public schools is to create opportunity-not for some children, but for all.
We are better off as a nation thanks to the contributions of immigrants regardless of their legal status. Rescinding the rights of these dreamers is an injustice to the American People.
Statement from Superintendent, Cindy Marten:
"The DACA program has helped bring thousands of talented students and teachers to our classrooms, many of whom have become doctors, police officers and firefighters - contributing members of our communities. Rescinding this program not only impacts the legal status for thousands of immigrant children and families who make our city and our schools great, but the emotional toll is immeasurable. This action is unacceptable and as a district we will fight to protect the rights of the students we serve and deeply care for."
Statement from School Board President, Richard Barrera:
"Under the DACA program, our immigrant students gained the hope and confidence that - like every other student - they would have the opportunity to work hard, graduate, go to college, find work and go on to lead meaningful lives. It is unconscionable to leave these young people in limbo. They deserve to know that the adults in our community will support them. They deserve to know that if they work hard and do their best, they will succeed. That is why it's time for Congress to act."
Media Contact: Isabella McNeil, San Diego Unified School District, 619-341-2343, mcneil@Sandi.net