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· Although there is a lot of conversation surrounding the immigration crisis in the U.S., Andre Perry explains that schools should not be the battlegrounds for conflicts over these issues. Immigrant students should not be in fear when at school.
· Should school leaders completely ignore students' immigration issues? How can schools support undocumented students?
We’ve all seen images of migrant caravans comprised of thousands of asylum seekers from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador making their way to the U.S. to find refuge from the poverty and violence in their home countries. “This,” according to President Trump via tweet, “is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”
Trump’s words have cast our neighbors as enemies.
And his inflammatory use of language is infecting others. An October 2018 Associated Press headline dubbed the caravan an “army of migrants.” While the AP changed the headline after the backlash they received, a commenter on Fox News Network’s Fox and Friends doubled down on the sentiment, saying, “They [terrorists] are a threat to our national security because today, war — it’s not only countries that go to war, it is groups such as ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, and they have declared war openly against the United States.” The Fox News commenters intimated that terrorists were among those in the migrant caravan.
Read the full article about schools and the immigration crisis by Andre Perry at The Hechinger Report.