Su­per­in­ten­dent Gist offers mes­sage about DACA

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TULSA, OK – Tulsa Pub­lic Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Deb­o­rah A. Gist last week re­leased the fol­low­ing spe­cial mes­sage about DACA to the Tulsa com­mu­nity:


“We have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect and pro­vide for all of our chil­dren, re­gard­less of their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus. With­out the pro­tec­tions pro­vided un­der the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals program, nearly one mil­lion chil­dren who were raised here in our coun­try may lose their hard-earned and well-de­served Amer­i­can dreams. The Tulsa Pub­lic Schools team and I im­plore the United States Congress to take swift ac­tion to de­velop and pass leg­is­la­tion to en­sure that those young peo­ple pro­tected by DACA are able to con­tinue to live, work, learn, and con­trib­ute to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Dream­ers are part of the Tulsa Pub­lic Schools fam­ily - they are our stu­dents and staff, and we are bet­ter for their many con­tri­bu­tions and di­verse per­spec­tives. There are Dream­ers who are lead­ers in our com­mu­nity, work­ing tire­lessly to ef­fect pos­i­tive change for our great city. Dream­ers are from all walks of life, and they are an in­valu­able part of the rich ta­pes­try of Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, and the United States of Amer­ica.

“At the found­ing of our na­tion, a group of im­mi­grants came to­gether and de­clared that ‘all men are cre­ated equal, that they are en­dowed by their cre­ator with cer­tain un­alien­able rights, that among these are life, lib­erty, and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness.’ This is the Amer­i­can Dream as put forth at the birth of our coun­try, and this is the Amer­ica that ev­ery child de­serves. To our Dream­ers, im­mi­grants, and refugees: know that we love you, we stand with you, and we will do ev­ery­thing in our power to pro­tect you, sup­port you, and help you achieve your Amer­i­can dreams.”


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