With the recent election, came negative views towards undocumented immigrants entering and living in the United States. Last October, a group of associations and educators from different states in the US, including EI affiliates NEA and AFT, came together to develop extensive training targeting educators from around the country on how to launch the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, or DACA. This program creates “deferred action” of the removal process from the United States of undocumented young people. Any undocumented person who is currently in school, has graduated high school or obtained a GED (General Education Development) is eligible for DACA relief [1].

Such volunteer trainings have been set up across the nation to properly learn how to review undocumented students applications and make sure they meet all of the requirements. Through extensive training run by immigration attorneys, volunteers fill out mock applications, learn different techniques from these lawyers regarding examining the application, and learn about different grant opportunities. 

One specific grant that is focused on is the National Education Association’s Minority Community Organizing & Partnership grant opportunities, which have helped fund DACA clinics throughout the nation. Education Austin which benefitted from this grant to organize a campaign focusing on informing the community in Austin about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, developed a toolkit to help other unions to organize DACA Forums and Clinics in their communities.

[1] More information about DACA is available here.

Source: http://educationvotes.nea.org/2016/10/28/anti-immigrant-election-season-defiant-educators-build-bridge-americas-undocumented-students/