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Long Island students learn about immigration law and policy at Nassau BOCES

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Nassau BOCES hosts the Teach Immigration Law and Policy Student Forum with students from Brentwood UFSD and Uniondale UFSD.  Hofstra law professor, Program Director of CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center) and blogger for Long Island Wins Patrick Young facilitates a workshop on immigration with  the students.

Students from Brentwood UFSD and Uniondale UFSD came together to discuss the topic of immigration at the Teach Immigration Law and Policy Student Forum. Nassau BOCES in collaboration with the American Immigration Council and Street Law, Inc. were the hosts for this first-time event on Long Island.

The seventh-grade students from Lawrence Road Middle in Uniondale and ninth-graders from the Brentwood Freshman Center engaged in concurrent workshops about visas for immigrants and the President’s executive action regarding immigration. Students were led in the session by experts in the field, immigration attorneys and community volunteers. More than 50 students worked in groups to learn deliberative dialogue as a way to discuss and examine immigration reform and issues in the upcoming presidential election.

“The information the students are learning will effect change in their own community,” said April Francis, Lawrence Road Middle School Social Studies teacher. “

This is an opportunity for project-based service learning. These students are motivated” said Brentwood English teacher Dr. Steve Burby.

The American Immigration Council, a non-partisan non-profit, developed the Teach Immigration program in Long Island five years ago to empower educators and students with the knowledge to teach immigration factually and critically. Using lessons based on current immigration law and policy, providing training on deliberations via their partnership with Street Law, Inc, a non-profit education organization, the program fosters critical thinking on immigration issues, promotes positive school culture and supports student-driven projects.

Teachers interested in the program attended free trainings in the summer of 2015 and the fall of 2014 and were supplied with teaching materials and recommended activities. This partnership helps to educate students about immigration law and policy in relevant, engaging ways.