PRJUSD apoyará a sus Dreamers de acuerdo con la ley de California

Millones de estadounidenses estaban sorprendidos el Martes, 5 de Septiembre, cuando el Fiscal General Jeff Sessions anunció que la administración de Trump derogaría DACA con un retraso de seis meses. Los 800.000 Dreamers una vez protegidos por DACA ahora son marionetas en una cuerda y “concursantes de Trump y su reality show disfuncional”, dijo CNN.

Diana González fue llevada a los Estados Unidos cuando tenía seis años. Ahora tiene 18 años y está en dos clases de AP.

Senior Diana González fue traída a América cuando tenía sólo seis años de edad. Ahora tiene 18 años y toma dos clases de AP y planea ir a la universidad para continuar su educación. Pero con el fin de DACA, González ahora le preocupa que ella no va poder ir a la universidad en su futuro.

“Estaba asustada, pero también confundida porque estuve viendo tantas cosas [de DACA] y estaba como ‘¿qué está sucediendo?’. Tuve miedo porque estaba pensando ‘Okay, esto es algo que va a suceder,’ y no sé lo que voy a hacer porque cuando comenzó este programa realmente no sabía lo que era, pero que va a ayudarme a ir a la universidad, va a ayudarme a estar segura, y hacer mejor las cosas, “dijo González.

Director Eric Martínez aseguró que la prioridad de PRJUSD es “garantizar una educación de alta calidad para todos los estudiantes que caminan a través de puertas [PRHS]” y cómo es “importante para [nosotros] proporcionar las ayudas que están disponibles para los niños.”

El Superintendente del estado de California Tom Torlakson emitió un comunicado denunciando el fin de DACA y “le dijo a estudiantes de escuelas públicas de California y sus familias que California mantendrá protección y apoyo,” según el Departamento de California de Educación.

Bajo la legislatura del estado, PRJUSD es necesaria para seguir las leyes expedidas por el estado, que incluye la denuncia de la derogación DACA. No relacionado con DACA, California tiene tiene el California Dream Act, que permite a estudiantes indocumentados recibir ayuda financiera estatal para la Universidad. La California estudiante ayuda Comisión (CSAC), que está a cargo de la ley, tranquiliza a los estudiantes que “tomarán todas las precauciones legales disponibles para proteger la información de California Dream Act, que se utiliza únicamente para determinar la elegibilidad para ayuda financiera estatal y no se comparte con ninguna otra agencia del gobierno.”

“También seguimos bajo la legislatura del estado, así, nuestro Superintendente del estado se ha comprometido a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes DACA y así nos aseguraremos nuestras acciones están en concordancia con la legislación, dijo Martínez.

Superintendente Chris Williams envió un correo electrónico de personal en apoyo de soñadores PRJUSD, “la decisión de rescindir la acción diferido para el programa de llegadas (DACA) de la infancia es preocupante ya que estos son nuestros estudiantes, nuestros miembros de la comunidad y nuestras familias que servimos. Aunque estoy decepcionado por esta noticia, seguiremos a proporcionar la asistencia necesaria para cada estudiante y permanecer enfocado en educar a todos los estudiantes en el nivel más alto posible sin importar su estado migratorio o el estado de sus familiares.”

PRJUSD will support their dreamers in accordance to California law UPDATED 1/28/18

Millions of Americans were shocked Tuesday, Sept. 5 when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would repeal DACA with a six month delay. The 800,000 Dreamers once protected by DACA are now puppets on a string and “contestants on [Trump’s] dysfunctional reality show,” CNN said.

Senior Diana Gonzalez was brought to America when she was only six years old. The now 18-year-old is in two AP classes and plans to go to college to continue her education. But with the end of DACA, Gonzalez is now concerned that she may not be able to go to college in her future.

Senior Diana Gonzalez was brought to the US when she was six-years-old. She is now 18 and is currently in two AP classes.

“I was scared, but also confused because I was watching so many things [about DACA] and so I was like ‘What’s going on?’.  I was scared because I was like ‘Okay so this is something that is going to happen,’ and I don’t know what I’m to do because when this program started I didn’t really know what it was but it’s going to help me go to college, it’s going to help me be safe and do better things,” Gonzalez said.

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival and is a program that allows young immigrants who arrived in the US as children to live, work, and go to school in the US without fear of deportation and legally reside for two years. After two years the program is subject to renewal. In order to qualify for DACA, the applicant must fulfill requirements such as being under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and have came to the US before reaching 16 years of age. A more detailed list can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

On June 15th, 2012 former president Barack Obama announced DACA, which would delay the deportation of Dreamers.

Obama said his executive order was a “ temporary stopgap measure that lets us focus our resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.”

The program was put into place to enforce immigration laws until a Congress approval to make the DREAM Act a law. According to Congress.gov, the DREAM Act standing for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors is a bill that, “directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to cancel removal and grant lawful permanent resident status on a conditional basis to an alien who is inadmissible or deportable or is in temporary protected status.”

Four years later, the Trump administration repealed the DACA program and pushed the issue to Congress with a six month period to revise the program. DACA recipients with protection expiring by March 5, 2018, were the only ones able to apply for renewal by Oct. 5, 2017.

On January 9, 2018 following a whitehouse meeting to discuss Dreamers, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to keep DACA in place while a pending lawsuit concerning DACA proceeds.

Eleven days later, the federal government entered into the second shutdown within the last 5 years after a decision concerning the budget could not be made. The source of the problem was the failure to include Dreamers in the bill to keep the government running. Democrats didn’t agree with this bill and decided to keep their votes until a decision regarding Dreamers could be made.

The shutdown ended Jan. 22, 2018 – just two days later – after a 81-18 Senator vote agreeing to a short-term budget lasting until Feb. 8 in which an immigration deal should have been reached. If not, – according to Vox – Senator Mitch McConnell promised that they, “would bring a bill to the Senate floor for debate.”

Principal Eric Martinez gave assurance that PRJUSD’s priority is “ensuring a high-quality education for all students that walk through [PRHS] doors” and how it is “important for [us] to provide the supports that are available for kids.”  

The California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson issued a statement denouncing the end of DACA, and “told California public school students and their families that California will keep protecting and support them,” according to the California Dept. of Education.

Under state legislature, PRJUSD is required to follow state-issued laws, which includes the denouncement of the DACA repeal. Unrelated to DACA,  California has the California Dream Act, which allows an undocumented student to receive state financial aid for college. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), which is in charge of the act, reassures students that they “ will take all available legal precautions to protect California Dream Act information, which is used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with any other government agency.”

“We also do follow under state legislature as well, our State Superintendent has made a commitment to support our DACA students and so we will make sure our actions are in alignment with the legislation,” Martinez said.

Superintendent Chris Williams sent out a staff email in support of PRJUSD Dreamers, “The decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program is disturbing as these are our students, our community members and our families we serve. While I am disappointed by this news, we will continue to provide necessary support for every student and remain focused on educating all students at the highest level possible regardless of their immigration status or the status of their family members.”

 

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