AUSTIN, TX—With President Trump fulfilling his promise to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, teachers in Austin, Texas are being trained by their union on how to help students who may be subject to ICE raids, or whose parents face possible deportation.
The union, Educate Austin, which is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA) and American Federation of Teachers (AFT), is also distributing fliers to students to let them know what to do if immigration authorities come to their house.
According to the American Statesman, the union “provided its 3,000 members with various documents, including United We Dream flyers that detail ‘what to do if ICE comes to your door’ — referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — to hand out to students.”
Educate Austin was created in 1999, according to its website, as the result of a “merger of the NEA-affiliated Austin Association of Teachers (AAT) and the AFT-affiliated Austin Federation of Teachers/Allied Education Workers (AFT/AEW). Education Austin is the first merged local in Texas and is affiliated with the NEA, AFT, TSTA, Texas AFT, and the AFL-CIO.”
On Saturday, the union conducted “know your rights” training for approximately 120 educators. The union also plans two more seminars for teachers in late February and in March.
In general, unions have been supportive of various forms of ‘amnesty’ for illegal immigrants since 1996 and, in large measure, are against President Trump’s efforts to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.