Earlier today, President Trump’s administration issued an executive order rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy. This decision has created anxiety, confusion, and fear in our school community that requires clarity from all of us at YouthBuild Charter School of California that we, in fact, support all Dreamers and their infinite contributions to our nation.
YouthBuild Charter School of California rejects the development and implementation of policies and programs that will undermine and threaten the ability of any member of our community to pursue their educational and professional opportunities. At the December 2016 meeting, The YCSC Board of Directors unanimously passed a declaration for YCSC to be recognized as a Sanctuary Campus.
In contrast to the Trump Administration’s choice to create a national culture of fear and persecution, YCSC’s mission continues to be focused on the cultivation of collaborative learning communities in which every student has the right to an authentic education, plays a meaningful in creating positive social change and becomes an active participant in working towards just conditions for all.
Our vision is still that all young people, regardless of their circumstances, have access to an education that will prepare them to counter social inequities and realized their full potential.
Now, more than ever, our educational vision of young people applying academic content as they work towards social change is not only the most pedagogically meaningful way to engage young people as intellectuals but to also provide functional spaces for their development as change agents in our nation.
Dreamers truly represent all that is essential to founding and sustaining a viable democracy; to discount and disregard their inclusion in the ongoing narrative of America is to replicate prior exclusions of groups that also helped shape all that is our great nation.
Please help us in advocating not only for the Dreamers, all of their constitutional /human rights not just for each and every one of them but to also maintain the essential components of our democracy for each and every one of us.
The following resources are available to students, parents and anyone else interested in learning more about this decision:
CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights): www.chirla.org
National Day Laborer Organizing Network: www.ndlon.org
UnidosUs (formerly National Council of La Raza): www.unidosus.org
We Are Here To Stay: http://weareheretostay.org/resources
United We Dream: https://unitedwedream.org
Please help in relaying these words to young people, their families, and anyone they know impacted by this decision.