The National Education Association will respond thoughtfully, swiftly, and forcefully in support of and in solidarity with immigrant families who are separated, incarcerated, or refused their legal right to request asylum due to the heartless, racist, and discriminatory zero-tolerance policies of the Trump administration. We will not waiver in our commitment to these families and will take the following actions:

  1. Proactively seek opportunities to coordinate and partner with immigration advocates and activists to add our voices to those demanding families be kept together during the immigration process and to prevent families from being incarcerated indefinitely.
  2. Inform our members of this racist policy of incarcerating children and families and the physical and emotional trauma that extended fear and stress cause to people, especially children. We will engage members at the local and state levels with resources, alerts, and opportunities to take action on immigration issues and effect positive changes in their schools and communities.
  3. Closely monitor legislation on immigration and analyze bills, regulations, and executive orders to determine their impact, intended and unintended. We will prioritize our advocacy for legislation that realizes the DREAM Act, does not separate families, and respects rights to due process. We will fight legislation that harms Dreamers, diminishes asylum claims, violates rights to due process, separates families, or threatens trauma in children.
  4. Call for a complete accounting of the children already taken from their families and those who may still be taken.
  5. Fight for reunification of children and parents and the immediate placement of families in the least-restrictive environments, including access to free and appropriate public education while awaiting processing.
  6. Provide appropriate legal support such as amicus briefs, legal analysis, and consultation with our partners on legal strategy to protect the dignity and human and civil rights of families, many of whom are indigenous natives.

Cost Implications

This item can be accomplished with current staff and resources under the proposed 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and Budget at no additional cost.