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WABE Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)   

By June 8, 2020All Posts

The mission of the Washington Association for Bilingual Education is to advocate for inclusive instruction that promotes multilingual education in culturally responsive settings.

WABE stands with all recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will decide soon on whether to allow the current law enacted by President Obama in 2012 to stand. It allows children of immigrants who were brought to the U.S. at age 17 or younger and have lived continuously in the U.S. for at least four years prior to the bill’s enactment to receive conditional permanent resident status valid for up to eight years, protects them from deportation, allows them to work legally in the U.S., and permits them to travel outside the country.

In order to support bilingual education, WABE encourages the Supreme Court to rule DACA to be constitutional. DACA recipients who are educators are crucial to WABE’s mission.

David Irwin, President, on behalf of the WABE Board of Directors