Highline Public Schools issues statement regarding end of DACA program


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On Tuesday (Sept. 5), Highline Public Schools issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s proposed ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Dear Highline Families,

President Trump has announced that the federal government will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which removes the threat of deportation for young people brought to the US as children.

We want to make clear that this action will not change the way Highline Public Schools serves students in any way. Our schools welcome all students and families from every background and birthplace. This is not only our moral obligation, but also our legal obligation under federal law.

We recognize that this decision may renew the fear of deportation for many students. Our staff is committed to supporting your child’s emotional well-being, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that all students feel safe at school. If you have specific concerns about your child’s emotional needs, please reach out to your school principal or your child’s teacher.

You will find resources for immigrants and refugees posted on our website.

The US Supreme Court has established that public schools have an obligation to educate ALL students who reside in their communities, regardless of immigration status. That is the law of the land. We stand with the law and with our students. We also remain steadfast in delivering on our Highline promise of knowing every student by name, strength and need, so every student graduates ready for college, career and citizenship.

Sincerely,
Susan Enfield, Superintendent
Bernie Dorsey, School Board President
Joe Van, School Board Vice President
Angelica Alvarez, School Board Member
Tyrone Curry Sr., School Board Member
Michael D. Spear, School Board Member

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4 Responses to “Highline Public Schools issues statement regarding end of DACA program”
  1. Tina says:

    Thank you, Highline.

  2. B says:

    As they mention in the letter, they’re required to serve all students regardless of immigration status, and long before DACA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plyler_v._Doe

  3. Jan Noorda says:

    Outstanding School District!
    Outstanding leadership!
    Thank you School Board!
    Thank you Dr. Enfield!
    Thank you teachers and staff!
    “The real safeguard of democracy is education.” FDR

  4. Question Authority says:

    You can solely thank their parents.

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