The U.S. Department of Education issued the document “Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth” to public schools this week
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration is now using the nation’s public schools to enroll as many illegal immigrants as possible in the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty program.
The U.S. Department of Education issued the document “Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth” to public schools this week in “hopes that educators, schools, and campuses will, as they see fit, draw upon the tips and examples in this Guide to better support undocumented youth and, ultimately, move us closer to the promise of college and career readiness for all.”
The document cites laws that require schools to educate all students, regardless of immigration status, as well as research and case studies that show illegal immigrants worry a lot about their undocumented status, which can affect academic performance.
Illegal immigrant students, and their family members, are constantly concerned with being deported, and do not have access to federal financial aid, making college unaffordable.
“The resources and tips in this Guide, which were compiled based on a review of research and recommendations from stakeholders, may help educators, counselors, and others support student academic and social success, and to work collaboratively with youth and their families to find creative ways to finance college costs,” according to the guide.
That’s where DACA comes in by awarding “temporary” amnesty to certain illegal immigrants, to work and pursue higher education, the guide explains. And it’s school employees’ duty to recruit illegal immigrant kids, and their relatives, into the DACA program to help them pursue a college degree.
“Besides providing high-quality instruction and supports, another important way that schools, colleges, and education professionals can help undocumented youth is by sharing information about DACA with youth and their families,” the document reads.
“Providing this information at the early childhood and elementary school levels may be helpful because, though the children would not meet DACA’s threshold age guideline, their parents or family members might meet the guidelines.
“Educators, counselors, school social workers, and others may, as appropriate, draw upon the tips and examples in this Guide to provide information about the DACA policy in order to help support undocumented youth.”
The guide then goes into great detail on how, exactly, teachers and others can get students and their relatives into the program, and how, exactly, schools can better embrace undocumented students and get them into college.
Aside from a plethora of “examples” on how to accomplish that, the guide comes with specific details on which states offer in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, and which bar them from in-state rates. There’s also multitude of resources provided for private scholarships, loopholes for certain undocumented students to obtain federal aid, and details on how illegal students can look into state education grants.
Here’s a few examples from the 63 page guide.
Under the heading “Tips for Secondary School Educators, Counselors and Other Personnel” the guide recommends they:
“Engage in self-reflection and address personal biases and increase multicultural competence.”
“Incorporate discussions around diversity and immigration into instruction.”
“Plan and host trainings on multicultural issues that educate teachers and staff about unique needs and challenges of undocumented youth.”
“Share information on scholarships available for non-citizens. A growing number of private non-profit organizations, foundations, and other entities provide scholarships to undocumented youth and DACA recipients.”
“If applicable, encourage scholarship sponsors to change their policies to be inclusive of undocumented students.”
Under “Tips for Institutions of Higher Education”:
“Publicly demonstrate support for undocumented students.”
“Educate all students about the challenges and strengths of undocumented students, such as by hosting an Undocumented Week. Each day, highlight an issue faced by undocumented students or celebrate an accomplishment of the undocumented immigrant community.”
“Create a specific webpage on the institution’s web site that contains updates on the DACA policy and other relevant polices and resources.”
“Convene community taskforces or meetings with community-based organizations, LEAs, schools, and other stakeholders to create a cohesive plan for sharing and dissemination (sic) information about DACA.”
“Issue an institutional statement that clearly articulates its support of undocumented students.”
“Encourage youth to share their stories and to request consideration for DACA or DACA renewal.”
“Explore ways that an institution or university system can play an active role in expanding access for undocumented students, especially in states with exclusionary or less inclusive policies.”
It’s clear the government wants to recruit as many undocumented students as possible into the DACA, and the DOE believes it’s public schools’ duty – even those with students too young to qualify – to carry out its mission.
And as The Daily Caller notes, there’s a lot of illegal immigrants to enroll, though the Obama administration has have a lot of headway since the president created the DACA program through executive action in 2012.
“The program has extended amnesty protection to 680,000 illegal aliens who were brought to the U.S. by their parents,” the news site reports. “Another 1.5 million are eligible for protection, and another 400,000 will become eligible in the next few years. The Obama administration, including the Education Department, want to maximize the number of illegal aliens protected under the law.”