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· Writing for Education Dive, Naaz Modan explains how schools can provide a safe space and resources to help ease the fears of ICE raids for students from immigrant families.
· What effects do ICE raids have on youths? What resources can districts provide for immigrant families and students?
With massive U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids affecting Mississippi families yesterday, areas with large immigrant communities are going to be on high alert.
Following the seven raids that resulted in 680 arrests, Southern Poverty Law Center Attorney Julia Solórzano, with the SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project, called the raids a part of an "ongoing war against immigrants," one that will have a significant effect on children in the school districts.
"These sorts of raids terrorize workers and their families," he said. "What’s more, today’s raids needlessly ripped parents from their children during the first week of school."
Roxana Gonzalez's Chicago middle school classroom, which is occasionally filled with a sense of remorse following anti-immigrant action, will be one of the communities affected. A social studies teacher at Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy, Gonzalez has become familiar with the anxieties of her majority Latinx community through daily conversations about current events.
“I want Hillary [Clinton] to win because then my parents get to stay here,” a student told her one day during the 2016 presidential election cycle. “They’re going to send me back.”
Exchanges like these are not uncommon for Gonzalez to have with her students, especially now that President Donald Trump has renewed his threat of ICE raids.
Read the full article about helping students deal with fears of ICE raids by Naaz Modan at Education Dive.