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National PTA Calls for Increased Action to End Family Separations and Reunify Families

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Heidi May Wilson, Senior Manager, Media Relations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 23, 2019)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:

“At the 2018 National PTA Convention & Expo in New Orleans, National PTA’s Board of Directors adopted and delegates endorsed a position statement on the Separation of Undocumented Children and Families. As we approach the 2019 National PTA Convention & Expo, it is an important time to call for increased action to end family separations that are continuing to occur at our nation’s borders. More must be done to stop the harmful separations and reunite families as quickly as possible.

“The separation of children from their parents creates emotional stress and trauma that can adversely impact every aspect of their life. Keeping families together and ensuring that undocumented children—and all children—are treated with dignity and respect, are adequately cared for, and have the opportunity to reach their full potential and become productive members of society is essential.

National PTA has long believed that every child residing in the United States—regardless of their immigration status—has the right of access to a high-quality public education, adequate food and shelter, and basic health care services. Two of our association’s founding principles are to promote the safety and well-being of all children and youth and to advocate for children and families who are most vulnerable.

“At National PTA, our motto is ‘Every Child, One Voice.’ Our association remains steadfast in raising our voice for the children and their parents and family members who have been separated at the border and in urging policymakers to work together to address immigration in a fair, appropriate and equitable way.”


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