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California lawmakers call Trump immigration chief comments on ‘sanctuary state’ law ‘reprehensible’

Several lawmakers in California’s congressional delegation are asking Trump’s top immigration official for a meeting, pointing to what they called his “reprehensible” statement on a new so-called sanctuary state law that will limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Continue reading

20,000 DACA teachers at risk — and your kids could feel the fallout, too
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20,000 DACA teachers at risk — and your kids could feel the fallout, too

Losing that many teachers would have a huge impact on kids, said Viridiana Carrizales of Teach For America, the elite teacher-preparation program that has begun advocating for the program. “We cannot afford to lose so many teachers and impact so many students,” she said. “Every time a student loses a teacher, that is a disruption in the student’s learning.”

Recent findings by the Economic Policy Institute, a D.C.-based think tank backed by labor unions, suggest that public schools are already in a teacher shortage bind: An Oct. 6 report found that given rising student populations, public schools are short by about 327,000 educators. Continue reading

We can’t be complicit in persecution of immigrant communities
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We can’t be complicit in persecution of immigrant communities

I am part of the DACA cohort whose protection does not expire until 2019, so I am in a different legal status than those DACA recipients whose protections expire as early as this month. I understand the urgency of those who seek an immediate solution, especially those who secured good jobs or never grew up without DACA. But protecting one class of immigrant group in exchange for crackdowns on others isn’t a deal we can accept. Continue reading

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“They’re really scared,” Quintana told The Daily Beast. “Parents are also scared because, first of all, they’re afraid that [the federal government is]going to use their information to come and deport them.”

Even though it’s not in her job description, Quintana often helps Hispanic parents with their Medicaid and DACA forms, and hears their frustrations and fears first-hand.

“A lot of our Hispanic parents just pray and hope and go with whatever’s going to come basically,” she said. Continue reading