Immigrant Student and Family Resources
In these uncertain times for our immigrant students and families, it is imperative that our schools send the message that we are committed to protecting the right of every student to attend public school, regardless of the immigration status of a student or of a student’s family members.
On January 10, 2017, the Marin County Board of Education adopted a resolution that preserves the protections of immigrant families and affirms the right of undocumented children to a public education. This right has also been upheld by the United States Supreme Court in a case called Plyler v. Doe.
Our immigrant families are not the only ones who are concerned about recent changes in federal policies. We want to send the message that MCOE rejects all discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, immigration status, disability and sexual orientation.We want our community to be assured that we will adhere to our core values: that public schools are the foundation of our democracy, that every person has intrinsic worth, that we believe in treating people with dignity and respect, that high standards and expectations foster greater achievement, that each of us shares responsibility for the welfare of our community, that diversity is an asset in our community, that honesty and integrity are essential in building relationships, that schools must provide access and equity, and that people thrive in safe environments.
Public Charge - An Immigration Policy Change that will impact children and families
“Public charge” is an existing part of current immigration law. It is designed to determine whether someone may become dependent on government assistance benefits as their main source of support. If the government determines someone is likely to become a public charge, they can deny admission to the U.S. or refuse an application for lawful permanent residency. Current policy considers someone a public charge if they receive cash assistance or long-term institutionalized medical care. The proposed draft change broadens the scope such that enrollment in programs like Medi-Cal, CalFresh, Medicare Part D, and Section 8 Rental Assistance may also negatively impact a person’s immigration status.
This proposed change is having a significant impact in both raising alarm and anxiety in the immigrant community and preventing families in need to sign up for support and resources they are entitled to out of fear of being on a future public charge list.
Resources are provided below that have been provided by the Marin Public Charge Working Group.
Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign's webinar, "Planning Ahead: How You Can Prepare to Take Action When the Final Public Charge Regulation Drops" and presentation slides
Rapid Response Plan developed by the California Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign.
Immigration Updates for Marin County Educators
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Resources related to DACA:
- College of Marin Resolution
- Lagunitas SD Resolution
- Larkspur Corte Madera SD Resolution
- Marin County Board of Education Resolution
- Novato USD Resolution
- San Rafael City Schools Resolution
- Sausalito Marin City School District Resolution
- College of Marin - President's Message
- Dominican University of California - President's Message
- Larkspur-Corte Madera Superintendent's Message
- San Rafael City Schools Superintendent's Message
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Red Cards: to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations
- Canal Alliance
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Multicultural Center of Marin
- Know Your Rights Brochure English Spanish
- Undocumented Students and Families: The Facts
- Congressman Huffman - Advocacy Authorization
- Resources for Teachers and Educators