ALBANY, N.Y. Sept. 5, 2017 — New York State United Teachers today said it stands firmly with educators and students in defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects more than 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
“This is personal for so many. It is about good educators and students — roughly 42,000 New Yorkers brought to the United States as children — who contribute so much to the fabric of our state and nation. We know the young people covered by DACA and their families. We work alongside them. We shop in their small businesses. Our own children play with them and study with them. The beneficiaries of DACA deserve to be able to live, study and work here and, continue to pursue their dreams without fear they will be stripped of their legal status and possibly deported.”
As a new school year begins, many students will undoubtedly be confused and scared over today’s news out of Washington. Educators in every part of the state stand with them in solidarity, and are prepared to once again advocate on their behalf. As a beginning step, NYSUT again strongly urges state and federal action that would protect these young immigrants and allow them to continue to contribute to their families, communities and the country they call home.”
New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.