Denver Public Schools has produced what officials call a fact sheet to answer some questions that students might have about the future of immigration in the US.
“Our critical mission is to ensure that our schools are safe spaces where a student’s race, ethnicity, religion and immigration status do not create any barriers to that child’s education,” the district writes on the FAQ.
Brief answers are provided to the following questions:
- What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?
- Does Denver Public Schools ask for a child’s immigration status when he or she enrolls?
- Would the school district ever share our students’ immigration status with the federal immigration officials?
- What does Denver Public Schools do to ensure that no student or family is discriminated against or harassed because of their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin?
- What should I do if I feel like I have been the victim of discrimination or harassment?
- What immediate impact will the election have on me or my family if we do not have lawful immigration status?
- What about if I am a [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)] recipient?
- What should I do if I want to understand my immigration rights?
The answers are, of course, specific to the public schools in Denver, but other districts will certainly have policies addressing these questions. Most importantly—and DPS makes this very clear—only an immigration attorney can answer specific questions about an immigration case.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump, on his website, pledged to terminate President Obama’s “illegal executive amnesties.” Many people believe that refers to DACA along with another program the president instituted by executive order but never became law. The action was temporarily blocked in June by the Supreme Court after 26 states challenged it, and it is entirely possible that Mr Trump will end it by executive order. DACA started in 2012 and gives a renewable two-year reprieve to eligible young people who are in the country illegally. During the reprieve, they can work and can’t be deported, provided they entered the country before they turned 16 and have lived here continuously since June 2007.
The district provides a list of resources for immigrants, and suggests that students and their families avoid relying on information provided by notarios or other people who aren’t licensed immigration attorneys.