DPS responds to students' concerns about immigration, deportation

DPS releases statement to help ease concerns, fears about immigration and deportation

DENVER - Immigration status will not impact your education: that's the message from Denver Public Schools to students worried about being deported.

"We're an incredibly diverse district, more than 180 languages are spoken in our schools, many of our students do come from immigrant families even when they themselves are born here in the U.S. they may have family members who were born outside of the U.S.," said Susana Cordova, deputy superintendent of DPS.

Students have been walking out of class in protest of Donald Trump's election.

DPS posted a statement online spelling out its policies to help ease students' concerns.

"Many of our students came into school on the Wednesday after the election day frankly with a lot of fears and lack of information and so we feel like the most important thing we can do is provide our school leaders, their students and their families with accurate information and to ensure that we are creating a safe space inside schools for kids to be able to talk about what their thoughts are about the election and what they perceive to be the aftermath of the election," Cordova said.

Their online statement points to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling from June 1982 that protects students' education - no matter their immigration status or their parents' immigration status.

"In any public school in the U.S., including in the Denver Public Schools, all students regardless of where they were born where they currently live now what languages they speak have the right to attend public school," said Cordova. "So there are no barriers to attending public school in any way."

DPS also had its legal team find and post resources for concerned Denver families.

You can find the compiled list of resources they gathered here.

9NEWS also reached out to other metro area schools.

Jeffco and Cherry Creek Public Schools say some students have raised concerns and staff has been briefed on how to support them.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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