Communication/Information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
September 6, 2017
Dear Richfield staff, students, families and community,
Richfield administrative staff have been closely following the recent decisions regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the federal program otherwise known as DACA. The decision to rescind the benefits of DACA has included a six-month window for Congress to enact legislation, and President Trump announced that he will be revisiting his decision should Congress fail to act. This is a very uncertain time for many of our families and community members.
Because of that uncertainty, we want to take a moment to assure - and reassure - all of our families that Richfield Public Schools welcomes all who wish to enter our doors, and we will continue to do so. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality education to all of our students, so they can learn, grow, excel, and pursue their dreams.
We are also dedicated to providing all of our students and families with the resources they need to thrive. Any paperwork that you fill out for our district will be used for the same purposes it has always been used - to provide you and your child with the very best educational opportunities, and to provide your family with any benefits that you may need. Additionally, I am providing some online resources below for more information regarding the DACA decisions:
Immigration Law Center of Minnesota - www.ilcm.org
● Connects community members with legal resources, including free legal consultation regarding immigration
Department of Homeland Security - www.dhs.gov
● Provides a comprehensive overview of DACA, including updates as they come in
National Immigration Legal Services Directory - www.immigrationadvocates.org
● Provides a list of organizations to help with filling out forms, providing advocacy, and free legal support
Richfield Public Schools is an inclusive community, and every single student in our district is our highest priority. We will continue to communicate with our staff, students, families and community during the coming months.
Steven Unowsky, Superintendent