Thursday, September 7, 2017

USD116 Statement on DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration took steps to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. In light of this decision, we want to be clear in stating our opposition. We support the DACA policy because it provides protections for some of our most vulnerable students in our community and in our schools. As educators, adults, and leaders in this community, we want to make sure that all of our students feel safe and supported in order to achieve their personal greatness, as stated in our district mission.

We will remain devoted to promoting welcoming, safe, and equitable learning environments for all of our students and families across race, class, (dis)ability, language, religion, sexuality, gender, immigration status, and others. We live in a diverse community that is made stronger economically, culturally, and academically by the wide range of cultures, languages, and traditions which immigrant families bring to Urbana-Champaign.

We will continue to advocate for an immigration policy that is socially just, treats individuals with dignity, and respects human rights. We will continue to uphold the Federal Educational Records Privacy Act, and we will not ask for or disclose the immigration status of any student or family.  We fully support all of our students and families.  We will continue to support efforts in this community to create a welcoming environment where educational excellence, equity, and engagement are the norm for all students and families.