Almost half of the Dallas ISD student population is comprised of English language learners, and district officials are planning for vast swaths of those students and their families to be affected by DACA’s expiration.

As Congress and President Trump continue to argue the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the uncertainty is affecting Dallas Independent School District classrooms, officials told the board of trustees yesterday.

“It’s out of our control,” said superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “They (Congress) worked on immigration for 10 years, without consensus.”

He added that a recent ruling in Federal court means that ending DACA can’t happen until all related pending court cases are resolved. The program is currently due to expire in March.

“So at least we know we’re safe for this year,” he said. “We have to let this thing play out. We don’t know for next year.” (more…)