Arlington, VA (July 21, 2020) – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today expressed its disappointment with President Trump’s issuance of a memorandum that prohibits the US Census Bureau from counting undocumented individuals during this year’s census. Census data is used to allocate federal funding to schools and many other community organizations. By blocking a full and accurate count of US residents, the Trump administration is essentially denying full federal funding to schools and other organizations required to serve all students, regardless of immigration status.
“With this announcement, the administration continues its assault on immigrants who have contributed so much to our communities,” said Angel B. Pérez, the association’s CEO. “Many of our nation’s schools are underfunded, a problem that will be exacerbated by the response to COVID-19. By undercounting the number of students a community serves, school budgets will be stretched even thinner. The effects of an undercount will be felt for years.”
In 1982, the US Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v Doe that public schools must educate all students, regardless of immigration status. It said, "education has a fundamental role in maintaining the fabric of our society" and "provides the basic tools by which individuals might lead economically productive lives to the benefit of us all." In addition, the children of undocumented immigrants "can affect neither their parents' conduct nor their own status," and "directing the onus of a parent's misconduct against his children does not comport with fundamental conceptions of justice."
NACAC encourages the administration to withdraw this memorandum and take steps to ensure that every person living in the United States is counted so that communities and schools get the resources they need to educate our students.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 14,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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