HISD approves resolution that supports undocumented students

The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday approved a resolution in support of the district’s immigrant community affected by the recent actions of the state and federal government related to immigrants and undocumented individuals in the United States.

The board is well aware that there are many who are negatively impacted by proposed state legislation and travel restrictions. The issues have caused significant concern among HISD students, staff and families. Under the resolution, the district would continue its efforts to provide a supportive educational environment for all students, regardless of their background.

“Our schools will continue to be safe and positive learning environments that promote student learning and development versus discrimination and fear,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza. “Our schools will always be safe havens for our students. Places where they not only learn fundamentals but have the opportunity to learn a new language, a different culture, and explore career pathways.”

The resolution recognizes the rich diversity of the district while opposing any unnecessary travel restrictions that keep families apart by recognizing the stress endured by families who may be threatened by the travel bans. The board also opposes any legislation that may repeal the DREAM Act, which allows students, regardless of immigration status, to qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities.