JoBeth Allen is a professor in the University of Georgia Department of Language and Literacy Education. She sent me an essay about the plight of undocumented students and the role that educators ought to play.
Here is Dr. Allen’s essay:
By JoBeth Allen
Gabrielle is a National Honors Society student whose goal is to be a translator at the United Nations. She speaks three languages, passed seven Advanced Placement courses, and leads her section in the youth symphony. Her parents work long hours and depend on her to take care of her younger siblings after school.
While her family came to the U.S. legally on work visas when Gabrielle was a baby, they have not been able to become citizens.
Gabrielle is undocumented.
Like thousands of students throughout Georgia, Gabrielle will be affected by the Barack Obama administration’s announcement that ends deporting undocumented immigrants ages