OKCPS Superintendent: Ending DACA will be a devastating blow to students


Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora says that ending DACA protections will be a "devastating blow" to students and staff.

President Trump's administration announced Tuesday they will be "winding down" the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Attorney Jeff Sessions referred to as "an unconstitutional exercise of authority." The program provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the U.S.

Lora said her district remains committed to providing an environment "where all students feel safe".

"As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant who came to this country for the American dream, I stand with countless governors, mayors, state legislators, local elected officials, businesses, law enforcement professionals, school leaders and faith-based and civic leaders to support DACA recipients, recognizing their incredible contributions to our schools, workplaces and communities," Lora said.

Lora urged federal leaders to provide a solution to help Dreamers continue to contribute to the United States.

"I want to send a clear message to OKCPS students, families and staff: You are valued. You are welcome. You are safe," Lora said.

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