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September 01, 2020

Deportation Fear Grips Latino Students

The mere threat of immigration enforcement could have severe consequences for students' mental health, school engagement, grades, and post-high school lives, a new study finds.

June 19, 2020

A Look Back at How Undocumented Children Won the Right to Attend U.S. Schools

The fight over the rights of undocumented students has its origins in Tyler, a northeast Texas city where municipal leaders feared their school system would be overrun with immigrant families and students.

December 31, 2019

On Bilingualism, Bias, and Immigration: Our Top English-Learner Stories of 2019

Education Week's top English-language learner stories on 2019 explored who's teaching the nation's English-learners and the struggles those educators encounter on the job, how the Trump administration's immigration policies affected students and their families and examined why more schools in the United States are embracing bilingualism.

August 09, 2019

How Should Schools Respond to ICE Raids? Some Advice

Nationally, at least five million children have at least one parent who is undocumented. Supporting those children should be a priority if the threat of a raid is not imminent, advocates said.

April 29, 2019

English-Learners and Graduation: How ESSA Could Penalize ELLs and Their Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act could lead administrators in traditional high schools to turn away older English-learner students who may need additional time to earn their high school diplomas, a new report from the Migration Policy Institute argues.

April 24, 2019

100,000 Undocumented Students Graduate From U.S. High Schools Each Year, Analysis Finds

The new analysis significantly increases the annual estimate of undocumented high school students earning diplomas that has long been used in debates about immigration and special protections for immigrant youth who were illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

March 12, 2019

Democrats in Congress Revive DREAM Act for Young Undocumented Immigrants

The proposal, designed to protect Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status, likely faces an uphill battle to win support this time around from the Republican-led U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump.

February 13, 2019

Democrats Push for Law to Ban ICE Agents From Schools, Bus Stops

If the "Protect Sensitive Locations Act" law gains traction in Congress, the legislation may not fully clear up confusion around the obligations that schools must balance when dealing with immigration agents: ensuring the safety and privacy of their students while still cooperating with federal officials.

January 22, 2019

DACA Status Update: In Place for Now, But Resolution Remains Elusive

U.S. Supreme Court took no action on the Trump administration's request to review DACA. Meanwhile, President Trump wants to link the fate of DACA recipients, thousands of whom work and learn in public schools, to his demand for $5.7 billion to fund a border wall.

January 10, 2019

Study: Language Barriers Can Steer Immigrant Students to STEM Courses

Using federal data, the researchers traced the academic trajectories of immigrant children who entered the United States before age 16. They found that foreign-born students earn 20 percent more credits in math-intensive courses than English-based courses while in high school.

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