Approved by NCTE Members Voting at the Annual Business Meeting for the
Board of Directors and Other Members of the Council, November 2017
Ratified by a Vote of the NCTE Membership, February 2018
Background: The National Council of Teachers of English acknowledges the current discourse regarding the impending deportation of undocumented students from the United States. Due to the economic, social, and cultural consequences of this action, NCTE commits to ensuring that these students remain in the United States to complete their education. Without access to renewals of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, over 100,000 students face deportation in March 2018. The negative impact on students includes separation from parents, financial instability, displacement, and the interruption (possible end) of their education. NCTE supports the right of every student, regardless of immigrant status, to education in the United States. Be it therefore
Resolved that the National Council of Teachers of English call for the immediate renewal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in support of the protection of all undocumented K-20 students and teachers, and endorse their rights to remain in the United States.
Be it further resolved that all students have the right to a high quality education, regardless of immigration status.
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