Protect 20,000 Teachers from Deportation

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Dear President Trump and Members of Congress,

We represent one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing movements of people of faith united to address the extreme academic disparities in our nation’s public school system. 

The lives of 700,000 Dreamers hang in the balance with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) about to expire. These immigrants contribute to their communities, add to the economy and exemplify so much of what makes our country great.

Of particular concern is widespread impact DACA’s expiration will have on millions of students in our schools, the teachers who care for them, and districts already serving a disproportionate number of low-income students and students of color. 

An estimated 20,000 school teachers are in danger of losing their ability to lawfully work in the United States if DACA expires; they could face deportation if a legislative solution isn’t reached.

Many of these teachers serve in school districts already facing challenges hiring and retaining high-quality, culturally competent educators. These teachers are role-models, mentors and educational champions on the front lines of serving some of our nation’s most vulnerable students. Our nation needs them.

DACA’s expiration will not only harm 365,000 students eligible for these protections but millions of students whose education will be disrupted by the absence of a key teacher or classmate.

As Americans and people of faith, we believe standing with these Dreamers—both teachers and students—praying for them, and taking action on their behalf is a matter of urgent moral concern.

We call on our leaders to act swiftly to keep a promise already been extended to Dreamers: the opportunity to grow, thrive and contribute to the communities they call home. 

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