September 22, 2017
Dear Team & Family,
The last few weeks have raised many challenging questions about the future of immigrants in our country. In order to protect their rights, there are two important questions we must answer: If not us, who? If not now, when? Now more than ever, this is our time to stand with the DREAMers.
On September 5, 2017, President Donald J. Trump made a decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program will be eliminated in six months, affecting many of our KIPPsters and staff. At KIPP Houston Public Schools, we continue to advocate for our DREAMers, and our commitment to the immigrant communities remains unwavering. We believe that ALL children, regardless of socioeconomic background, religion, gender, sexual identity, ability or country of origin, have the right to a high-quality education. We will stand with our immigrant communities and fight for our DREAMers to stay in our country.
In a time where so much seems out of our hands, we can use our collective strength to have our voices heard. Please contact your members of Congress to urge support for the DREAM act. Stay informed on DACA-related news or ways that you can stand with dreamers by signing up at FWD.US. The New York Times has put out a call for submissions from teachers/educators who work with DACA students. You can access the contact form here. The time to act is now.
As KIPPsters, we must help and protect our children in this fight. We will continue to share ways to advocate for the DREAM Act. Please see our website for additional resources. At KIPP, we educate our children with the academic and characters skills to thrive in college and lead choice-filled lives. In order to help build a better tomorrow for our immigrant KIPPsters, we must fight for them to have the freedom to remain in the United States.
Please join us in sharing this message. We want our KIPPsters, families, and parents knowing that we stand with them.
KIPP Houston Public Schools