Donald Trump’s campaign for president and subsequent election victory ushered in an ugly new wave of hatred in America, but schools across the country are aiming to fight back and make it clear that prejudice won’t ever become a way of life in their halls.
According to Think Progress, several school districts in U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Minneapolis and Denver are taking proactive steps to reassure parents of undocumented students that their children will be safe while at school.
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With less than one month until Donald Trump is officially sworn in as president, concerns over Trump’s consistent campaign vows to deport all undocumented immigrants and build a wall to “keep them out” has only grown since the election.
In response, administrators like Prince George’s County, Maryland Public Schools CEO Keith Maxwell and California Public Instruction Superintendent Tom Torlakson issued notices reminding families of their rights and reiterating that their immigration status will never be called into question by school staff.
College students around the nation are also protesting to call for several notable U.S. universities to declare “sanctuary status,” which would make the campuses safe spaces for immigrant students attending classes there.