Thursday May 19th, 2016: Update post-Delegate Assembly vote.
As a result of strong support from the teachers in the room, the United Federation of Teachers of New York City yesterday passed a resolution to
“...ask the the NYC Department of Education to require that each school with immigrant students appoint an ‘Immigration Adviser’ (similar to the ‘sustainability coordinator’ or ‘anti-bullying liaison’) to ensure that school processes are welcoming of immigrant students and families.”
We know policies affecting immigrant communities directly impact our students-- as over 41% of NYC public school students speak a language other than English at home, and an estimated third are immigrants themselves. We all see the impact a climate of fear and harassment can have on our students and community members. In January 2016, and again just last week, the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) publicly began to increase home raids and deportations, instilling fear in immigrant families across this country. We know the fear of deportation for themselves or their family members impacts students’ ability to succeed in the classroom. As educators and frontline staff, we know our schools would become more welcoming spaces to immigrant students, especially those facing deportation, by having a trained staff member to speak with if they have any concerns, including helping students and their families navigate available city services and connecting them to necessary legal and social services.
We look forward to working with our union and the city to make this suggestion a reality.
We have trainings to offer.
If you are interested in supporting our work more broadly, please sign up for our listserv and sign our petition to make NYC a real sanctuary city.
Join us tomorrow (Friday) for our political education workshop at the New York Collective of Radical Educators’ monthly meeting (rsvp at www.nycore.org)
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Make NYC a real sanctuary city. Teachers PASS resolution to support immigrant students: http://bit.ly/1YsdbGt #Labor4Immigrants #EducationNotDeportation #ICEFreeSchools
Points of additional information not in the resolution:
There are more foreign-born residents of New York City than any other city in the world. 41% of NYC public school students speak a language other than English at home, and an estimated third are immigrants.
The group of UFT members, including members of TeachDream, a working group of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), have written a resolution for the United Federation of Teachers to come out in support of immigrant students and families and against ICE in New York City.
As recently as Thursday, May 12th, 2016, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it has “now told field offices nationwide to launch a 30-day "surge" of arrests focused on mothers and children who have already been told to leave the United States, the document seen by Reuters said. The operation would also cover minors who have entered the country without a guardian and since turned 18 years of age, the document said. Two sources confirmed the details of the plan.”
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