As an educator, the fear around immigration laws today is palatable in the classroom. Our students -- whether Dreamers, citizens, or undocumented -- are worried about the safety of their families. All of us have questions about what rights people have and what actions can be taken to support each other.
I found myself seeking out information to calm the fears and show support for our students. As part of these efforts, I have compiled a folder that contains information about and actions that educators can use with groups of students (in classrooms, over brown bag lunch hours, extracurricular group activities, etc.) to support fellow classmates and their families to ensure a safe learning environment for all peoples.
These materials are not complete and cannot be taken as legal advice. Some pieces have time/date stamps on them, but they are not time-sensitive and can easily be used for actions today.
Hopefully these resources can provide a starting point for us to build support for our students and community members.
Many of these materials come from the Jesuit Refugee Service, Amnesty International, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. As you use take actions and use these materials, please tag your representatives and post your actions to social media, such as #DREAMActNow, #DefendDACA, #FamilyValues, @unitedwedream.