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Message from Superintendent Regarding DACA

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Dear colleagues:

 

MPS, like many school districts, organizations and businesses in Minnesota and nationwide, is made better by the immigrants who work and learn in our schools.

 

Many of these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” came to this country as children and have benefitted from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order signed in 2012. DACA shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation and its recipients have been allowed to obtain valid driver's licenses, enroll in college and legally secure jobs.

 

We are gravely concerned and stand with the leaders of many large urban school districts around the nation in speaking out against today’s White House announcement that the DACA program will be ended — whether now or in six months. We join with those leaders in asking Congress to act quickly to pass legislation to protect the DACA provisions and remove the uncertainty facing so many of our students and families.

 

Today I know that many MPS employees, students and families are experiencing fear, uncertainty, anger and disappointment. Please know you continue to have the support of MPS as the implications of today’s announcement unfold. Please know you can come to work or school tomorrow and receive the same support and educational services that you did before this decision was announced. We continue to believe the words of our Board of Education, which stated in January that the role of a school district is not to ask about the citizenship or immigration status of any of its students or families. Our role is to educate students and we can only do that if our students and employees feel safe.

 

We urge MPS students and employees affected by today’s announcement to know your rights. Many sites and places offer up-to-date information:

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Ed Graff