We stand with DACA recipients

posted on September 9, 2017

Dear Families, Staff, and Supporters of Coney Island Prep,

Like many in our community, I am deeply disappointed and angry at President Trump’s recent actions to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Our country, especially the diverse neighborhoods across South Brooklyn, is made richer by the productive involvement of immigrants in our schools and businesses.

At Coney Island Prep, we are blessed with a uniquely diverse staff and student body that mirrors the diversity of Brooklyn. DACA recipients in Brooklyn are more diverse than the media usually depicts, including Eastern European, Caribbean, Asian, and Central American immigrants. We are proud to employ and teach immigrants of all kinds in our schools.

The destabilizing threat posed by the President’s actions is real and harmful to the daily life of our schools: it makes families afraid to participate in school events, restricts our staff’s ability to travel for professional development, and it causes stress and fear that chips away at our core purpose: teaching and learning.

While we don’t yet know all the ways this may affect our community, I want our families to know: we stand with you and are prepared to share information and resources as available to support you. Our schools are safe spaces and we want you to participate now more than ever.

In the meantime, United We Dream has a simple resource (below) with five essential facts that I recommend reading.

Many of us feel powerless, but I believe we must stand together. If you have thoughts or questions, please reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Jacob Mnookin

Founder and Executive Director