Dear AESD community,
This week, President Trump ordered the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA program) which was established in 2012 to provide a pathway for young undocumented immigrants to attend school, graduate, go to college, begin successful careers and make meaningful contributions to society.
The federal government is ending DACA by not accepting new applications and not renewing existing permits when they expire. However, the White House has said that if Congress approves of DACA, it should revive it with legislation, which the president would consider. President Trump gave Congress six months to find a legislative solution.
Who qualified for DACA?
- Those who were enrolled in or had graduated from high school or college, or had been honorably discharged from the armed services, and;
- Those who were under age 31 as of June 15, 2012, and had arrived in the U.S. before turning age 16 before 2007, and;
- Those who had no felony conviction or gang affiliation.
Our Board of Education and this District remain deeply committed to the inclusion of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, or immigration status.
We are also steadfast in protecting the rights of every child to an education. The District complies with all Federal and State laws governing the privacy of student records including the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As part of our compliance, we want you to know that the District:
- Will not allow federal immigration officials on campus absent legal authority;
- Will not act on behalf of federal agencies to enforce immigration laws or aid in deportation;
- Does not share student records containing confidential information without written consent; a court order or other legal mandate; and
- Will not participate in any voluntary program of immigration enforcement.
AESD cherishes each and every student and will do everything we can to ensure their success and safety.