Blog: Latino Ed Beat

How Are School Districts Handling ‘Deferred Action’ Records Requests?

School districts play a key role in providing the records necessary for undocumented immigrant young people to apply for the federal government’s deferred action program. The program will protect qualified applicants from deportation for two years and allows them to work.

Because students need to prove they have attended and completed their education in U.S. schools, many districts are seeing requests for high school transcripts and other documents spike. Some are struggling to keep up with the pace of requests.

The Associated Press reports that the school district in Yakima, Wash., is taking almost a month to provide transcripts and San Diego schools have added employees to keep up with the pace of requests.

The Los Angeles Times recently reported how such requests are placing a strain on the Los Angeles Unified School District. As many as 200,000 current and former students could be eligible for the program. In addition, the labor and postage associated with all the requests could result in about $200,000 in costs to the district.

Are your school districts seeing an increase in document requests? How quickly are they responding to the requests? Are counselors also working with students to make them aware of organizations that can help them apply for deferred action?