Published in the Bay State Banner, August 24, 2017
Photo by Karen Morales
It has been five years since President Obama signed an executive order protecting those who were brought into this country as a minor from deportation. Under the DACA policy, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, undocumented youth have been able to thrive in the U.S. by legally applying for work permits and attending college.
On this anniversary, however, Boston Public Schools educators fear the outcome of DACA, which has been threatened by the Trump administration. They are apprehensive for the futures of some of their students, many of whom are among the best and the brightest in their schools.
Led by Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas, 10 state attorneys general have challenged the constitutionality of the immigration policy. According to a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the state of Texas is planning to sue the federal government if they do not repeal Obama’s 2012 executive order by Sept. 5.
“We are heading into a showdown where we might see hundreds of thousands of young people lose their status right in front of us,” said Liza Ryan, organizing director for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.
“They are our friends, neighbors and possibly some of your students, and we need our federal government to know that we will not stand for this,” she said.