LOS ANGELES (Sept. 9, 2014) - The Board of Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District today approved a resolution that calls on the federal government to enact immigration reform that “will teach and affirm the ideals of the United States of America as set forth by the original undocumented immigrants.”
“As we celebrate the contributions of the Latino community in this nation, I want to recognize those still in the shadows including many of whom are children,” said Board Member Mónica García. “Our immigration system is broken and our communities have waited long enough. President Barack Obama, there is still time to fulfill the promise you made for comprehensive immigration reform.”
Introduced by Board Member Mónica García, and co-sponsored by Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic and Board Vice President Steve Zimmer, the resolution also asks President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to ensure the humane treatment for the thousands of minors in detention centers. More specifically, it calls on the Obama Administration to extend protections to these young people, including humanitarian relief, advocacy, legal support, and reuniting minors with their families and the consideration of their status as refugees.
"I thank the LAUSD school board for passing this resolution today and for sending a strong message to President Obama to take an executive action in favor of immigration reform,” said Carlos Vaquerano, Executive Director of the Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund, a civic group and President of Clinica Romero’s Board of Directors. “These children are struggling for survival and we continue to refer to them as unaccompanied minors, when in reality they are refugees seeking sanctuary from insurmountable odds.”
SEIU Local 99 member Elvira de Santiago, a special education assistant at Hollywood High School said, "As educators, our responsibility is to open the way for all children. Thank you for opening the doors of this district to all students regardless of where they were born."
“The increased number of children that have been forced to flee from their home countries in Central America to seek refuge in the United States is a reflection that our broken immigration system needs to be fixed. We applaud LAUSD for reaffirming its commitment to educate all students despite their immigration status and urging for immediate affirmative actions by Congress or the president to protect the rights of unaccompanied children and keep families together,” stated Polo Morales, Political Director at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
The resolution notes that an estimated 90,000 children will enter the United States between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, while also reaffirming that the District does not discriminate against students based on their immigration status.
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