Read on for 6 things about undocumented immigrant children and how, on the policy level, schools support immigrant-origin students!
- Still waiting to receive your copy of Something in Between? In the meantime, read “My Life as an Undocumented Student”, an extremely moving essay by Pultizer Prize-winning Filipino American journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
- How did people in this country fight for immigrant students’ right to education? Let’s talk about Plyler v. Doe.
- Mexican American children’s book author Duncan Tonatiuh talks about the importance of seeing more Latino kids in children’s books. Though I blog YA, his Pura Belpré Award-winning book Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & her Family’s Fight for Desegregation is definitely on my to-read list.
- Unfamiliar with the landmark Mendez v. Westminster case for desegregation of “whites only” and “Mexican only” schools, a desegregation case that took place 10 years before Brown v. Board? It took place just by my hometown, and I didn’t even find out about it until I visited the Civil Rights Museum in college! Catch up on this compelling case here.
- I’ve never thought of this before, and now I realize its little talked-about cruciality. This NPR article on how schools can act to reach children of migrant farm workers will put our educational system in an entirely new light. Every child, no matter what, has a right to a quality education.
- Are you looking for more picture books? (Always.) One that I think is particularly salient is Mamá the Alien/Mamá la extraterrestre, a bilingual book by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Laura Lacamra. It’s about a little girl who sees her mother’s resident alien card and immediate jumps to fantastical conclusions. I had the pleasure of working on this book as a publishing intern. Read Lainez’s essay illuminating “No More ‘Illegal Aliens’” essay here!
Have a fantastic weekend! What will you be reading?