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Ten Myths About Immigration—Updated!

The Teaching Tolerance staff of the SPLC has updated their Ten Myths about Immigration to respond to the recent executive orders and proposed legislation to limit immigration and acceptance of refugees, educators and students.   The updated version of their popular “Ten Myths About Immigration” feature reflects current statistics and information so you and your students can dispel harmful stereotypes.

Take a minute to read through the article, learn why the statements are false and think about how to talk to students about the realities behind each myth.

How many of these myths have you heard?

      1. Most immigrants are here illegally.
      2. It’s easy to enter the country legally. My ancestors did; why can’t immigrants today?
      3. Today’s immigrants don’t want to learn English.
      4. Immigrants take good jobs from U.S. citizens.
      5. “The worst” people from other countries are coming to the United States and bringing crime and violence.
      6. Undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes and burden the national economy.
      7. The United States is being overrun by immigrants like never before.
      8. We can stop undocumented immigrants coming to the United States by building a wall along the border with Mexico.
      9. Banning immigrants and refugees from majority-Muslim countries will protect the United States from terrorists.
      10. Refugees are not screened before entering the United States.
We hope that, with these facts at your fingertips, you’ll feel more confident leading constructive conversations about immigration and the role that immigrants play in shaping our history and identity as a country

Responding to Hate and Bias at School

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project, has developed a Guide for Responding to Hate and Bias at School. The guides is divided into three sections:
  • Before a Crisis Occurs. How can you and other school leaders assess your school’s climate with an eye toward defusing tension, preventing escalation and avoiding problems?
  • When There’s a Crisis. What are the nine key points to consider when responding to a crisis that has been triggered by a bias incident at your school?
  • After the Worst is Over. How can you address long-term planning and capacity building for the future, including development of social emotional skills?

Immigration Forum – Thursday March 16, 2017: Forest Oak Middle School

MCPS and Family Services, Inc’s Linkages to Learning Program presents an Immigration Forum for families and individuals to learn about rights of immigrants and how to protect families.  Free childcare will be provided.  This is a free event, open to the public.  No RSVP necessary. Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Forest Oak Middle School (map) 651 Saybrooke Oaks Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Topics covered:
    • General overview of current immigration issues
    • Status of executive orders and what it means
    • What legal options are available
    • Question and Answer session
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Welcome New Neighbors Guide

Faith communities are exploring and establishing partnerships with refugee resettlement agencies based in our area and many are already helping families. “Welcoming Our New Neighbors, Guide for Faith Communities,” presented in May, 2016 by the Faith Community Advisory Council Neighbors in Need Working Group, is a guide to “Welcoming Our New Neighbors. It includes information on “Eight Ways the Faith Community Can Help” refugees. For regular updates on the needs visit the Faith Community Advisory Council’s website. If your community would like more information or a briefing on this initiative, please call or email Patty Larson at 240-355-5140 or patriciaslarson@gmail.com.

Maryland Passes New Immigration Protection Law

This new law is a major victory for the immigrant rights movement, as it explicitly criminalizing threats to expose an undocumented Marylander’s immigration status by other individuals, such as unethical employers, as a manner of stealing wages, labor, and other items of value. The law will protect immigrants in Maryland from these harmful acts, and in certain cases may qualify an immigrant for a U visa, which conveys a lawful immigration status to victims of a set of qualifying crimes.  Maryland joins California, Colorado, and Virginia as the only other states with similar laws to protect undocumented immigrants. More information about the new law can be found here

May is Asian American Month

Asian Americans are a key population within Montgomery County, making up 14% of the population.  Several different programs exist specifically to serve Asian American youth and adults. For young children and adolescents, leadership opportunities are provided in the form of after school programs.  AALEAD educational enrichment and youth development programs to low-income and under-served Asian American youth in the Greater Metropolitan region.  Asian American adults can access health information and services through the County’s Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI); translators are available.   Follow this link for the Montgomery County Resource Guide for Middle Eastern and Asian Americans.
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