LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2014) – The Los Angeles Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution expressing solidarity with President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.
Co-sponsored by Board Vice President Steve Zimmer and Board Member Mónica García, the resolution exhorts Congress to “pass a permanent solution to fix our broken immigration system.”
"At LAUSD, we are bold and we lead,” said Board Member García. “We continue to welcome all children regardless of citizenship and we will prepare to assist our families that can benefit from President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration. This action is one step forward for some of our families that live in fear - but our District demands more from Congress to fix our broken immigration system now."
Zimmer agreed. “For far too long, thousands of families in the LAUSD, and millions of families across the country, have lived in fear of deportation while the U.S. Government refused to make changes to a system that is both harsh and punitive. President Obama’s bold action will bring justice and peace of mind to millions of contributing members of society.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said that he backs the board’s resolution. "I look forward to working with LAUSD to support President Obama's executive action on immigration. Common sense immigration reform will stabilize L.A. families, help our children and will strengthen our economy."
Scott Washburn, interim executive director for Service Employees International Union Local 99, added:
“With more families connected to schools than any other single community institution, LAUSD has a unique opportunity to connect hundreds of thousands children and their parents to immigration services. With over 33,000 members in this District, many of whom are parents, we stand ready to work with LAUSD and our allies in labor and the community, to bring immigration services to school sites.”
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