The Impact of Immigration Enforcement Policies on Teaching and Learning in America’s Public Schools


There has been considerable discussion in news outlets about the impact of immigration enforcement policies on children and families. Recent incidents across the country and reported in the press have raised alarm throughout immigrant communities. Clearly there is great fear in this hyper-sensitized environment. But to what extent is this ramped up immigration enforcement impacting our nation’s public schools; how does it vary by region; and what is the “collateral” fallout for non-immigrant students? How are educators reacting and to what extent is this affecting them? How has the United States dealt with such issues in the past, and what happens to U.S. citizen children when they are sent to a country and school system they do not know? To address some of these questions, research will be presented with ample time for Q&A and discussion. The four new research papers to be presented with brief highlights include:

  • A new national survey of the impact of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in the nation’s schools
  • The impact of immigration enforcement on educators
  • Federal and state policy affecting the children of immigrants and their schooling
  • What happens to U.S. citizen students caught up in deportation of family members


A light lunch will be served at 11:30am. The program will begin at 12:00pm.

Co-sponsored by:


Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Patricia Gándara, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

Bryant Jensen, Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University

Shena Sanchez, Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles

Julie Sugarman, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association

Claudio Sanchez, Education Correspondent, National Public Radio