California teachers urge U.S. Senate to take decisive action on immigration

California teachers urge U.S. Senate to take decisive action on immigration
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510
The Honorable Kamala Harris
United States Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20510
Dear Senators Feinstein and Harris:
As classroom teachers and Teach Plus Policy Fellows, we are writing to express our grave concerns about our current immigration policies and the delays in reuniting children who have been separated from their parents.   As Justin Minkel, a 2nd grade teacher from Arkansas, recently wrote:
These mothers, fathers, and children from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and other nations are no less human than children and families we serve in our classrooms every day.  When a young child is taken from a mother or father seeking political asylum, it feels exactly, the way it would feel if our own son or daughter were taken from us.
Teachers across these United States of America are entrusted with the care and education of children every single day.  In our classrooms, students learn about being responsible citizens.  They learn about the history of our country and the importance of human rights.   How can we as citizens stand by and sanction this human rights tragedy?
We urge you to take decisive action to ensure reunification of all these families, to continue to promote immigration policies aligned with our country’s values, and to make certain all immigrant families seeing asylum and refuge in America are treated humanely.
Ron Anaya
Middle School English Language Arts Teacher
Granite Oaks Middle School, Rocklin Unified
Julianne Beebe
High School English Teacher
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach Unified
Katherine Blackburn
5th Grade Teacher
Manzanita Community School, Oakland Unified
Spencer Burrows
Middle School History Teacher
Vox Collegiate of Los Angeles, Los Angeles
Gwendolyn Delgado
7th and 8th grade History Teacher
La Mesa Junior High School, William Hart School District
Natalie Fensterstock 
Secondary English Teacher
Summit Public Schools – K2, El Cerrito
Heather Fitzgerald
Fourth Grade Math and Science Teacher
Hickory Elementary School, Torrance Unified 
Camden Flores
First Grade Teacher
La Presa Elementary, La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools
Daniel Helena
Middle School English Teacher
Alliance Kory Hunter Middle School, Los Angeles
Amelia Herrera, Ed.D.
English Language Development Teacher
Grace Davis High School, Modesto Unified
Erica Marlaine
Preschool Special Education teacher
Nevada Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified
Paulina Martinez-Perez
6th grade Spanish Language Arts teacher
Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School, Chula Vista
Christina Nitsos
First Grade Teacher
Lafayette Elementary School, Lafayette School District
Andres Perez
10th grade humanities teacher
High Tech High Chula Vista, Chula Vista
Cinda Rapp
Project assistant, Vista Educational Center | National Board Professional Learning Facilitator Program
West Contra Costa Unified School District