School board creates sanctuary school district

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CALIFORNIA —  A resolution recently adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is set to create sanctuary campuses for students who are illegal immigrants. Created by school board members Monica Garcia and Ref Rodriguez, it is supported by several organizations, including the ACLU.

The new resolution came to be as a result of the arrest of illegal immigrant Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents. Avelica-Gonzalez is currently being held at Adelanto Detention Facility.

Prior to the resolution being voted upon, a press conference was held in support of the vote. Avelica-Gonzalez has two young daughters who witnessed and filmed their father’s arrest as he took them to school. Fatima Avelica, 13, and Yuleni Avelica, 12, both attended the conference, sharing their story and expressing their desire for school sanctuaries to be made.

Linda Lopez, Chief of the Office of Immigrant Affairs for Los Angeles said, “We are living in uncertain times where many of our families and children are living in fear.”

In 2016, a measure was already passed before the board, which declared LAUSD campuses a “safe place” for illegal immigrants. This new resolution was created as an additional means of support, addressing issues such as protecting the anonymity of an immigrant’s status, and telling school staff not to share student information with ICE.

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