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NEA gives the Department of Ed’s Guide to Supporting Undocumented Youth an A+

WASHINGTON - November 06, 2015 -

The National Education Association applauds the U.S. Department of Education for publishing a resource guide that provides information which educators, community leaders, and organizations can use to support undocumented youth, including those eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

These young people deserve the very best education and support we can give them, not deportation. The United States has been their home. They have celebrated their birthdays, attended school, and dreamed their dreams right here in the USA. These young people are eager to succeed, and they are a vitally important part of our future.

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“We enter into the education profession to enlighten and inspire our students. Our mission, our calling is to guide young people to success. This requires both the kind of wisdom and trustworthy information found in Supporting Undocumented Youth. We urge NEA members to mine this resource and to put it to use in fulfilling our professional promise to the undocumented youth who are our students.”

The Department of Education’s resource, Supporting Undocumented Youth: A Guide for Success in Secondary and Post-Secondary Settings offers a wealth of useful and timely information for the educators and advocates who support undocumented youth.

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