LOS ANGELES (Jan. 9, 2018) - The federal government announced Monday that it will end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, effective Sept. 9, 2019. The Los Angeles Unified School District is aware that this announcement has generated significant anxiety and confusion among some students, families and employees. In light of this announcement, L.A. Unified ardently reaffirms its commitment to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for all, regardless of immigration status. The District also remains committed to making information, resources and support accessible to individuals with immigration-related concerns.
“L.A. Unified continues to be a school district that embraces inclusion and diversity – today and every day,” said Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian. “Every student, employee and family is welcome, safe and valued in our district.”
Board members echoed Ms. Ekchian’s message and affirmed the District’s commitment to supporting its students, employees and families.
“The president's recent announcement that Salvadorans fleeing unrest and instability under TPS will have less than two years to pack up and move back to El Salvador is misguided and below the dignity of our democracy. We stand with every TPS beneficiary that is able to call Los Angeles home,” said School Board President Mónica García. “We want to be clear: L.A. Unified is part of the resistance to this administration’s inhumane actions, and we will continue to embrace every learner, family and staff, regardless of their citizenship status.”
“L.A. Unified will not allow the cruelty and heartlessness of this action to undermine our commitment to all the students we serve, regardless of their background or circumstance,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “These children have a constitutional right to a public education and we have a moral obligation to ensure they and their families are supported as part of our community and country."
"We remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all L.A. Unified students, employees and families," said Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III.
“This change of policy is a reprehensible assault on families,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “We must do everything we can as a District to make sure that affected Salvadoran students, most of whom are U.S. citizens by birth, continue to feel safe and protected in our school communities.”
“It is a tragedy that Salvadorian families will be forced to abandon their roots in the United States, including the nearly 200,000 U.S. citizen children who will be forced to leave the country with their parents or stay behind,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez.
“Ending the immigration protections from the Temporary Protected Status is a heartless decision that will disrupt lives and divide thousands of families who have lived in and contributed to our communities for years,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “This further highlights the urgency for Congress to fix our broken immigration system to ensure that all immigrant families can achieve their American Dream.”
To obtain additional facts about the termination of the Temporary Protected Status program, please visit:
- https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status (information provided by the Department of Homeland Security)
- https://achieve.lausd.net/weareone (information provided by L.A. Unified)
Immigration-related questions can also be directed to a hotline that the District has established, at (866) 742-2273, or to any of our six Centers for Education and Immigration Resources:
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Los Angeles 90031
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8401 Arleta Ave.
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1339 Angelina St.
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1208 Magnolia Ave.
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6621 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa 91406
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11380 W. Graham Place
Los Angeles 90064
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766