As federal lawmakers debate the fate of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamer immigrants, the Dallas school district launched a new webpage dedicated to guiding immigrants.
The site, which is in English and Spanish, includes family resources such as where to find legal assistance and a template for a family emergency plan in case of deportation.
"As a member of an immigrant family, I see myself reflected in the faces of your children, and your faces are those of my parents who sacrificed, worked and dreamed of a brighter future for their children," Superintendent Michael Hinojosa wrote in a letter for families. "Thus, it is heartbreaking to see the uncertainty and fear among undocumented families across the country prompted by the recent developments in the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. While DACA primarily impacts young adults, it has understandably caused anxiety throughout our community."
Last year, President Donald Trump gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a plan to replace DACA, which was started by President Barack Obama in 2012 as a way to protect youths who were brought to the country illegally as children.
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“If the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) is allowed to expire, it would have a devastating effect on members of the Fort Worth ISD family,” Scribner wrote. “Current high school seniors who have college within reach could be forced to alter their post-secondary plans. Our graduates currently in college may not be able to successfully move their lives forward. The impact this decision will have on many students and their families in the Fort Worth ISD community will be far-reaching.”
The Fort Worth school board passed a resolution in support of DACA in September. A year ago, the board passed a resolution that declared the district “welcoming and safe” for all students, regardless of their immigration status.
This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.