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Elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA Program)

September 5, 2017

 

Dear Students, Families, and MDUSD Employees:

 

Today,  the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program), established in 2012, was reversed.  This program provided a way for young undocumented immigrants to have the opportunity to work hard, graduate, go to college, begin careers, and lead meaningful lives as contributing members of our global society.  It is estimated that nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are under the program’s umbrella; many of them have only known the United States as their home.

 

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is deeply committed to the inclusion of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, immigration status, or other characteristics.    We want to assure our students and parents that we remain committed to protecting the rights of every child to an education.  Many of the strengths of our nation and community were built on the contributions and accomplishments of immigrants.

 

In the announcement, the executive branch indicated the administration will “initiate a wind down process,” thereby creating “a time period for Congress to act – should it so choose.”  We have heard that this will be a period of six months.

 

DACA students are called “Dreamers” in view of their relationship to the DREAM Act, proposed legislation that would codify the provisions of the executive order that established DACA.   California Governor Jerry Brown is among several governors expressing support of Dreamers, urging Congress to take action; State Superintendent Tom Torlakson is also urging Congress to “ find a permanent path to citizenship.”

 

We want all students and our community to know that all students have full access to our schools and are protected from pressures and intrusive actions that would disrupt or impair their education.  The District complies with all Federal and State laws governing the privacy of student records including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

 

We remain deeply committed to all of our students and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety.

Posted by: Debbie Maher Published:9/5/17
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