L.A. Teacher: Will “Go To Jail” Before Giving Student Information To Agents

Supporters of DACA rally Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Social studies teacher David Wiltz promised his students at Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles that he would not give out their information to any federal agent seeking undocumented student immigrants.

“No one is ever going to give up your personal information. No one will ever say whether you’re undocumented,” he told his classroom of juniors. “I will go to jail before I give up your guys’ information.”

The Trump administration has decided to crackdown on illegal immigrants and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — a policy of Obama-era that eased immigration restrictions for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. under a certain age.

DACA has helped nearly 800,000 young people get legal status and work permits.

Now the congress has six months to come to a political solution before DACA officially ends.

The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday unanimously approved policies that would give immigrant families a higher protection from federal immigration raids.

The policy will not allow any immigration officer on campus without clearance from the superintendent of schools, who will consult with district lawyers.

“L.A. Unified is basically saying fear stops at [our] door,” said school board member Ref Rodriguez, who co-sponsored the lengthy measure.

Some L.A. schools put up signs that read “Immigrants Are Welcome Here” and “Immigrants Have the Right to Stay.”

About a million undocumented immigrants are living in Los Angeles County and Orange County.


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