In the classroom illegally

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Throughout the United States, school districts are struggling with how to incorporate illegal children into the public school systems; however, the Department of Education has revealed a playbook that can help them.

The 50-page handbook comes at a time where some state lawmakers such as Arizona and Alabama have persuaded legislation that would make it extremely hard for children to attend school illegally. For a while now, superintendents have also been swamping the Department of Education with requests for help.

Stated in a letter that was sent out to state school chiefs earlier this week, Arne Duncan, Education Secretary stated that school districts must oblige by federal law to provide all children with equal access to public education. This means it doesn’t matter if the child is legal or not.

Each year there is an estimate of 65,000 illegal students who graduate from high school with another five to 10 percent go off to college. The department also estimates each year 80,000 children turn 18 in our country illegally.

However, this 50-page handbook talks about the benefits pertaining to the Department of Homeland Security Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is known as DACA. DACA allows selective people who came to the United States illegally as young children and if they meet certain requirements to gain a two-year relief from removal.

DACA was first offered in 2012, since then over 680,000 children have qualified. The department researcher’s states that approximately 1.5 million children in the United States are qualified for DACA, and approximately 400,000 will qualify within the next few years. In 2014, President Obama made an announcement that the program will expand.

Basically the guide gives an overview to the students of their rights, guidance for migrant students on how to access their records for DACA, which they will need before they can apply for the program. This is the real deal; this will avoid students falling for immigration scams and the unauthorized practices of immigration law.

Nevertheless, within the next few months, the Department of Education is preparing a similar guide for early childhood education.


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