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ERIC Number: EJ779232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Fighting for Immigrant Children's Rights
LaFee, Scott
School Administrator, v64 n10 p10-16 Nov 2007
On the morning of Dec. 12, 2006, hundreds of federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended upon six Swift and Co. meat-packing plants in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Utah affecting communities. These federal crackdowns on illegal immigrants reverberate in schools too, forcing superintendents to confront some tough and sudden problems. In every case, superintendents found themselves suddenly thrust into the midst of the national debate over how best to deal with the matter of immigration control--and confronted with an unexpected crisis unrelated to their primary jobs as educational leaders. Few superintendents or school districts have sufficient time and resources to pro-actively reach out into their communities to dramatically redesign the social fabric. It's hard enough just meeting education mandates. The realities and consequences of illegal immigration upon schools are hard to ignore. This article presents strategies used by superintendents of affected states to confront these problems and ensure the safety of their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Iowa; Minnesota; Nebraska; Texas; Utah