Boston Public Schools has revealed a website solely purposed to ease the burden of immigrating families in reach of the city’s schools.
The website, bpswedreamtogether.org, is an all-encompassing guidebook for parents and students who wish to better understand their rights, potential scholarship information for undocumented families, as well as an abundance of resources.
The website comes with translation into at least 15 languages, and includes information about a hate crimes hotline, information on Islamic practices from CAIR, and information about the effects of immigration on children.
In a statement to the Boston Herald, Superintendent Tommy Chang said “It’s critical that our families understand we are here to support them. Unfortunately, there are political dynamics in our country that do not affirm the cultural identity of all of our students. It’s really sad when I hear from young people that they’re scared — for themselves, for their families or for their friends, who they fear might be taken away from them.”
Jessica Vaughn, Director of Policy Studies at the Conservative Center for Immigration Studies, believes the website is a “politically motivated” mis-allocation of taxpayer money.
“Taxpayers should not have to fund programs aimed at helping families who are here illegally avoid deportation,” Vaughan said. “The mission of public schools is not to advocate for illegal immigrants; it’s to educate kids.”
An Le, Policy and Communications Adviser for the Mayor’s Office of Immigration Advancement, believes the school’s unique approach to handling undocumented students starts with the guaranteed comfort of such families.
“We feel that is the sort of welcoming environment that will help students focus,” Le said. “At the end of the day, it’s about helping them learn.”
H/T: The Boston Herald
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