Stop The Attack on Immigrant Children
  • Petitioned North Carolina State House

This petition was delivered to:

North Carolina State House
North Carolina-062
State Rep. John Blust
North Carolina-037
State Rep. Paul Stam
North Carolina-106
State Rep. Carla Cunningham
North Carolina-096
State Rep. Andy Wells
North Carolina-026
State Rep. N. Leo Daughtry
North Carolina-091
State Rep. Bryan Holloway
North Carolina-014
State Rep. George Cleveland
North Carolina-028
State Rep. James Langdon
North Carolina-040
State Rep. Marilyn Avila
North Carolina-098
State Rep. Thom Tillis
North Carolina-083
State Rep. Linda Johnson
North Carolina-100
State Rep. Tricia Cotham
North Carolina-017
State Rep. Frank Iler
North Carolina-090
State Rep. Sarah Stevens
North Carolina-077
State Rep. Harry Warren
North Carolina-108
State Rep. John Torbett
North Carolina-093
State Rep. Jonathan Jordan
North Carolina-004
State Rep. Jimmy Dixon
North Carolina-065
State Rep. Bert Jones
North Carolina-042
State Rep. Marvin Lucas

Stop The Attack on Immigrant Children

    1. Petition by

      Action Institute NC

The North Carolina General Assembly's House Education Committee will be voting on House Bill 744, on Tuesday, May 31st. This bill is misleadingly entitled the "Safe Students Act," but community advocates argue that it would turn school officials into quasi-immigration (ICE) agents.

The proposed bill states that, "When a child first enrolls in or transfers into the public schools of a local school administrative unit, the principal of the school to which the child is assigned shall require the parent to state whether the child is a citizen or a national of the United States, and if the child is not, the immigration status of the child".

According to the bill, the information collected "shall be used only for fiscal analysis and shall not be used to deny admission to a child who is a domiciliary of the local school administrative unit."

Please sign the petition to the NC General Assembly, urging them to stop the attack on immigrant children.

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS BILL?

·  This bill is mean-spirited and potentially unconstitutional. In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v. Doe that a state may not deny access to a basic public education to any child, whether that child is present in the country legally or not. While HB 744 states that the information collected will not be used to deny admission to a child, it creates an antagonistic  and intimidating environment that has the possibility of excluding certain students.

·  If this bill were to become law, it would place an unjust burden on School Principals by turning them into quasi-Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents by requiring them to ask parents for their child's nationality and immigration status. This would erode at trust between parents and the community and school administration.

·  This bill would have a potential to be abused, even by well-meaning principals whon are simply doing their job. Unless there's also training accompanied with this bill, there's a possibility that school principals would only ask brown parents for their children's nationality and immigration status, thus racial profile parents and children.

·  There is no further indication what kind of fiscal analysis the information would be used for, thus leaving room for interpreting this bill as a first step towards eventually seeking to challenge Plyler v. Doe.

                      WE URGE YOU TO PLEASE INCLUDE A PERSONAL COMMENT.

(Talking points provided by the Latin American Coalition)

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    1. Reached 600 signatures
    2. North Carolina K-12 Immigration Enforcement Bill to Be Heard Tomorrow

      In the 1982 Supreme Court decision Plyer vs Doe, it was declared illegal to deny a child access to a public school education based on immigration status. It's a decision that makes sense―after all, children have little choice to immigrate and...

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    • George Mendelson KILL DEVILS HILLS, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      The United States is a nation of immigrants - although some people seem to want to ignore that. Stop the discrimination now.

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    • Catherine Lynch HENDERSONVILLE, NC 28792, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Please think about what you are doing to these children. This is the kind of bill, like quite a few others pending in the North Carolina legislature, that years from now we will be ashamed of. Please do the right thing and vote against this bill. Thank you.

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    • emilia gnecco CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      We are a Country of Immigrants. We need each other. You remember how it was at the begining of Christianity> people share,there were no poor or foreing or stranger. Ambition and greed has cause some to be rejected.....Remember "the least of your brothers? What if it was you? who was born a

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    • Judy Cardenas DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      This SAME idea was tried in Calif in the 1990s and the teachers and schools said they would Not act as immigr. agents and jeopardize trust of families.

      Please contact NEA and North Carolina Education ASSOC>

      I am a member of NEA-teaching community is not trained for this work. Block this bill!

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    • Lorraine Estrada CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      This would harm our children by making our school principals ICE agents, don't they have enough to do already?

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