Endorsement of TESOL Statement on Immigration Policy and Reform

The following TESOL Statement on Immigration Policy and Reform has been endorsed by the AAAL Membership:


Purpose and rationale for endorsement
AAAL endorses TESOL’s Position Statement on Immigration Policy and Reform in the United States because it is consistent with AAAL’s mission to raise awareness of language-related issues and “improve the lives of individuals and conditions in society," as well as with the AAAL Resolution Affirming Commitment to Promoting Diversity in AAAL. TESOL’s Position Statement recognizes the human rights of all immigrants and refugees, highlights the importance of creating resources and opportunities for immigrants, and emphasizes equity in access for immigrants and refugees in the United States. The AAAL PAEC believes that the statement is relevant and important for AAAL members to be aware of, and an endorsement would send a clear message of the field’s collective perspectives on immigration.

Importance to the field as a whole
Linguistic and cultural diversity are cornerstones of applied linguistics both ethically and practically, in our teaching, research, and public engagement. The TESOL Position Statement highlights a range of important issues including the role of language in respectful debate, access to and respect of language as a human right, and the impact of immigration policies on students and scholars.

Importance to the general public
Immigration policy and reform has an impact on all areas of public life, including education, criminal justice, economy, environment, and health care. The rights and needs of immigrant groups can and should be the concern of applied linguists, for those interested in describing the experiences of diverse groups as well as those interested in facilitating social change and social justice more broadly.

Related representative research findings
Language is central to how immigrants experience migration and shapes how these groups are represented in private and public discourse. See below for multiple sources highlighting the intersections between language and migration:

Related TESOL Links
The letter they were a co-signer on (one of 50 organizations):