Teacher of the Year Gives Trump Letters from Refugee Children

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Mandy Manning, National Teacher of the Year, presented Donald Trump with with letters from refugees.

When Mandy Manning went to the White House yesterday to receive the Teacher of the Year honor from President Trump, she brought along gifts for him. When she met the president, the teacher from the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington, presented him with letters from her immigrant and refugee students.

One letter was from a Rwandan girl who asked the president to “take care” in the language he uses when speaking about immigrants. According to Manning, “she hopes he would model for others positive messaging around our immigrant and refugee communities,” because he serves as “a role model“ and “his words have a lot of weight,“ Manning said.

In her remarks to the president, Manning said that it was important to make all students feel wanted and to exclude no one. Manning teaches recently arrived immigrants at her school.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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