More than 200,000 children were at risk of missing out on an education or lost out on training because of Trump’s order on border security, according to a report released Tuesday.
The report, based on a survey of parents, teachers, educators and school officials, found that a significant number of teachers were concerned about the impact of the executive order, which requires the government to prioritize the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
The teachers surveyed by The Washington Times were also concerned that the order could negatively impact their students’ chances of earning a college degree.
Many of them also noted that students who attend schools that are “critical” to the education of children with disabilities are also at risk.
The Trump administration is appealing a federal court’s ruling that said the order violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.
But some of the teachers surveyed were not satisfied with the ruling, and they have been urging the Trump administration to make the order permanent.
The order was also challenged in court, and the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments later this month.
The Education Department is reviewing the report, said Sarah Leininger, a spokeswoman.
But, she said, the report provides “a snapshot of how our educators view the impact the executive orders immigration order is having on the country’s educational institutions.”
In addition to the teachers, parents and school leaders surveyed by the Times, the National Association of State Boards of Education said that more than 3,000 school districts have adopted policies that explicitly limit the ability of undocumented students to receive federal funding.
The American Federation of Teachers said the federal government should not “take away the ability” of undocumented immigrant students to attend public schools.
The union is also asking the federal courts to reinstate the Trump executive order that bars federal funding for the schools and to overturn the injunction.
In a statement, the teachers union said the schools are “struggling to find ways to meet the needs of their students” and that “the government is making it more difficult for them to succeed.”