NSBA Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program

September 5, 2017

Statement by Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO
National School Boards Association 

Alexandria, Va. (September 5, 2017) – National School Boards Association Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

"Public schools are a beacon of hope and opportunity for students and our country. The schools in our neighborhoods have educated generations of children, regardless of factors such as race, ethnic background, and immigration and socioeconomic status, enabling them to contribute to our economy and strengthen our democracy.

“Since the first public school was founded, they have gladly accepted the immense responsibility given to them to help students achieve their full potential. Today, our schools are educating the most diverse student population in history, providing equitable access and ensuring that all students are educated at levels no previous generation attempted to achieve.

“Public schools continue to make progress in helping students prepare for college, careers and life. However, progress is threatened if students are fearful of coming to school. NSBA is deeply concerned by the administration’s decision to end the DACA program. We’re long-standing supporters of educating all students regardless of immigration status. Now that the issue is solely before Congress, we urge it to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to authorize the cancellation of removal, resolve immigration status, and work toward U.S. citizenship of undocumented students who are long-term residents.”

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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. 

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