Discussing an End to the School-to-Deportation Pipeline

April 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
April 22, 2018 @ 3:45 pm

Join the NYCLU Suffolk County Chapter at our Annual Membership Meeting where we'll be discussing Suffolk County’s central role in the school-to-deportation pipeline and the efforts to shut it down.

Immigrant children living in places like Brentwood are accused by school officials, often with scant evidence, of being involved in a gang. Then that alleged gang involvement gets them detained by immigration authorities and put at risk of deportation. NYCLU-Suffolk has been working with immigrant youth who have been accused of being a part of the MS-13 gang solely because of what they wear to school or post on their Facebook page. These children are then swept up into the Trump administration’s mass deportation machine.

Join us for a screening of the Frontline documentary, “The Gang Crackdown” followed by a panel discussion with youth leaders, parent advocates, attorneys and immigrant rights advocates. We will discuss the impact of the school-to-deportation pipeline and how to combat it. We will also look at the harmful ways the law enforcement narrative around gangs in Suffolk causes young immigrants to fear both the gangs, and the government.

Light refreshments will be served and English-to-Spanish interpretation will be provided. Members should also come prepared to vote to fill two open board positions. Please RSVP to mnadler@nyclu.org by Friday, April 13 and contact NYCLU-Suffolk Chapter Director Irma Solis at (631) 512-1587 for more information.