Earlier today, Gov. Phil Murphy and state Attorney General Gurbir Gerwal announced New Jersey will join 15 other states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit to protect undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. NJEA’s officers applauded the decisive action by the new administration.

“NJEA stands with New Jersey’s more than 22,000 Dreamers,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “We strive to create school communities that embrace inclusion and celebrate diversity. While some politicians have chosen to demonize children to score cheap political points, we will always take the side of our students. We will stand up for them and we will stand with them. We will not rest until all Dreamers are allowed to live, learn and work in our great nation without being harassed. They deserve the right to pursue the American Dream, including the opportunity to pursue citizenship.”

“We stand up for those children, our students, to secure our collective future and make it brighter,” declared NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “New Jersey’s Dreamers are future educators, doctors, engineers and artists. They are the key to creating more vibrant and prosperous communities for all of us. While some politicians see Dreamers as political pawns, we see the faces of children in our classes who simply want to learn, succeed and contribute.

“With their bold action, Gov. Murphy and Attorney General Gerwal have sent a strong message to New Jersey children and their families that all are welcome here,” noted NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “I’ve been a teacher for many years, and I know children can only learn when they feel safe. The steps taken today will provide a safer present and a brighter future for all of us.”

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