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Educators decry Trump proposal to tear apart immigrant families

Lily Eskelsen García: “The idea that the administration would even consider breaking apart families and putting children in danger by eliminating DACA is shameful”


Washington, D.C. - August 25, 2017 -

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is considering breaking apart immigrant families by eliminating protections extended under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established by the Obama administration:

“The idea that the administration would even consider breaking apart families and putting children in danger by eliminating DACA is shameful and yet another example of the deference to white supremacy that has been repeatedly exhibited by the Trump White House. The path forward for our country, and in the national debate on comprehensive immigration reform, should include everyone who is ready to contribute, grow and enrich our future – that includes the innocent children who DACA seeks to protect. We strongly urge the White House to abandon this wrong-headed and dangerous course.”

NEA is committed to continuing to protect our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and immigrant families, as we provide safety to those fleeing violence, persecution and instability. More resources on protecting immigrant students can be found here.

Keep up with the conversation at #DefendDACA #EducationNotDeportation


The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at www.nea.org.

Richard Allen Smith | (202) 716-6461, rasmith@nea.org