Educators in some Michigan communities with large immigrant populations say they’re increasingly worried about rumors of federal raids that might be conducted soon by officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Stepped-up deportations of undocumented immigrants across the U.S. has raised fears, including among schoolchildren who worry they might be pulled out of school by law enforcement, or their parents might disappear suddenly.
President Donald Trump originally said he would target only those undocumented immigrants with serious criminal histories, but nationally ICE arrests have also detained or deported people whose only infraction involved illegal entry into the U.S.
NEA has a number of resources available for educators who want to learn more about how to respond to rapidly changing circumstances involving immigration policy and immigrant students, including this FAQ.
Further helpful resources for immigrant students and their families can be found at this National Immigration Law Center webpage, including guides in multiple languages on (1) how to prepare for an immigration raid, (2) what to do if you are stopped by immigration agents, and (3) what to do if you are detained. If school district policy permits members to do so, they may distribute materials like these at school. If not, members may distribute such materials while off duty and off school property.
If you have a story to tell about how immigration policies and fears are playing out in your classroom, school, district, or region, please contact MEA Voice Editor Brenda Ortega at firstname.lastname@example.org.