Erik Hanshew is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso, Texas. In this column, he writes, “The president Wednesday signed an executive order ending the policy, but that changes nothing for my clients or the thousands of other parents who have already lost their kids at the border."
American Airlines and United Continental asked the U.S. government not to fly immigrant children separated from their families on their aircraft as President Donald Trump said he was abandoning his "zero tolerance" border-enforcement policy. In joining critics of the U.S. detention of the youngsters, the carriers highlighted a central mystery in the political and human-rights crisis: Federal officials weren’t saying how the children were being ferried from near the U.S.-Mexico border to a network of facilities in 17 states.
As the Trump administration's policy of separating parents from children at the border has sparked outrage across the country, teachers are speaking out and joining nationwide protests.
Latino Nation is a student-led club at Verona Area High School that has taken the initiative to create their own success stories, one student at a time. The club started three years ago with ten students and their adviser, Frank Rodriguez, who wanted to create a space where young Latino students could simply belong. The initiative quickly evolved into much more than that. Since the club started, more than 80 students have become involved.
A small cross dangled from a black bracelet made of string on the wrist of a New Bedford High School senior set to graduate. It’s a reminder of the strong Catholic faith the student brought with her from Central America. The student is undocumented. Her goal is to get her diploma and go to college, but due to her status, she doesn’t qualify for financial aid. The young woman is among over 2,000 students at New Bedford High School. Roughly 30 percent of those high school students are English language learners, and like this student, a portion of those ELLs are undocumented.
Larry Ferlazzo's new question-of-the-week is: "How can we help English Language Learners meet the Common Core Standards?" On one hand, you have Common Core Standards or, in states that don't use Common Core, there are similar ones. On the other hand, you have English Language Learners, who are supposed to learn everything in the Standards as well as learn a new language and culture at the same time. This series will explore how to make the two challenges connect.
Whenever a world event forces people to move en masse, Ed Kennedy knows some of them inevitably end up in central Ohio. That is proving true yet again in the South-Western City Schools near Grove City, where Kennedy is the coordinator for services for English language learners. It’s been nine months since Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico and left many people in the U.S. territory without electricity and belongings. So far, about 45 Puerto Rican children enrolled in South-Western this past school year, and 10 more have enrolled for next year since the summer began.
Last month, U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy of charging migrants in federal criminal court before their cases reach immigration court. When adults are taken to court, they are separated from their children, who are sent to shelters. Here's a guide to key issues concerning family separations.
In South Texas, pediatricians started sounding the alarm weeks ago as migrant shelters began filling up with younger children separated from their parents after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The concerned pediatricians contacted Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and she flew to Texas and visited a shelter for migrant children in the Rio Grande Valley. There, she saw a young girl in tears. "She couldn't have been more than 2 years old," Kraft says. "Just crying and pounding and having a huge, huge temper tantrum. This child was just screaming, and nobody could help her. And we know why she was crying. She didn't have her mother. She didn't have her parent who could soothe her and take care of her."
Latino Americans, the largest and the fastest growing ethnic minority in the United States, are half as likely to hold a college degree as non-Hispanic white adults, an education gap that has been widening since 2000, according to a June 2018 report.