An uptick in immigration raids and deportations has had wide-ranging impacts on America’s schools, its teachers and its students — immigrant and otherwise, new research has found.
Two-thirds of the 5,400 teachers, principals, and counselors who responded to a survey conducted from late October to mid-January said immigration enforcement had affected their schools, with those in the South hardest hit, and schools with greater percentages of poor and immigrant students feeling it the most, new research from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA found.
Other findings from the survey included:
- 90 percent of administrators said they saw behavioral or emotional problems among immigrant students (defined by the study as children who weren’t born in the U.S. or who have at least one immigrant parent), with 25 percent saying it was a major problem.
- 84 percent of teachers said students expressed concerns about immigration enforcement at school.
- 68 percent of administrators said absenteeism among immigrant students is a problem.
- 70 percent of principals and counselors reported academic decline among immigrant students.
Read the full article on immigration enforcement and students by Carolyn Phenicie at The 74
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