Statement on Potential End of DACA Program

Statement of FCCPS Superintendent Peter Noonan
Posted on 09/06/2017
DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalsDear Falls Church School Community:

Yesterday, the White House announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known commonly as DACA. Since its creation in 2012, the DACA program has allowed hundreds of thousands of people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to pursue education and employment without fear of immediate deportation.

Beneficiaries of the DACA program are known as “dreamers” because the program has allowed them to pursue the American Dream.

Although our DACA students may have been brought to the U.S. illegally, they have taken all the required steps to demonstrate that they intend to become contributing citizens. Consequently, FCCPS’ DACA students have undergone extensive background checks. They have worked hard in our schools and are succeeding in their studies. Because of their principled and diligent approach to learning, our DACA students are models of what hard work means in the context of success.

Legally, we are not allowed to ask the immigration status of our new enrollees to FCCPS so we are unaware of exactly who our DACA students are but assume we have many. However, all of our students are integral to the success of FCCPS and we strive to ensure that all means all when it comes to student outcomes.
The decision to end the DACA program could damage the diversity and vibrancy of our school community and undermine what makes us a great school system.

As we consider the implications of yesterday’s announcement, I hope you will join me in upholding the principles of diversity and inclusion in our global school system.

Sincerely,

Peter J. Noonan Ed.D

Peter J. Noonan Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
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