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In wake of immigration orders, a Minneapolis charter network offers 'worst-case' training for students

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Hiawatha Academies has been nationally recognized for its success in closing the opportunity gap that characterizes much of the public school sector in Minnesota. MinnPost photo by Erin Hinrichs

  • “We’re the one who help navigate and build relationships with not just students, but families,” he said. “That’s a bond that’s really important and really special. If definitely makes it easier to say I’m gonna stand up and be there for you no matter what.” --Ryan Williams-Virden, a dean of students and social studies teacher at the network's high school. 
  • Related: New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data,
  • Related: The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

Erin Hinrichs, MinnPost

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp.jpg  03/03/17 | Minnesota has long been home to school tornado drills. And in response to school shootings across the country, school lockdown drills have become commonplace as well.

Now, following President Donald Trump’s policy directives regarding immigration, Hiawatha Academies — a charter school network in south Minneapolis that serves a student population that’s 99 percent students of color and 64 percent English Language Learners — has added another “worst-case-scenario” training for students: What to do in the event of a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid or the detention of a family member.

Erin Hinrichs is MinnPost's K-12 education reporter. A Gustavus Adolphus grad, she also has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hinrichs' coverage ranges from local school board meetings to national education policies, with a special focus on the efforts to improve outcomes for all students in Minnesota.

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New Study Found No Link Between Immigration and Increased Crime in Forty Years of Data, Science News Journal

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  • Politicians often claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. In a study done at the University at Buffalo however, no links were found between the two. According to the findings, immigration instead appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes instead.
  • Related: The Positive Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy

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