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Durham School Board passes resolution to oppose student immigration raids

Posted February 11

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— The Durham School Board passed a resolution on Thursday that will oppose immigration raids.

Last month, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took David Guillen Acosta—a Riverside High School student—into custody as he was on his way into school.

Acosta’s family and teachers were at the school board meeting, asking for the school system’s help.

The Acosta family said five other men, along with David Acosta, were picked up in the raid on Jan. 28.

Ellen Holmes, a Spanish teacher at Riverside High School, told school board members that something had to be done.

“If he is deported, he is going to be deported back to Honduras, and he will die; please help us,” Holmes said. “It’s changed the feeling at the school a lot. There’s a lot of fear.”

The board’s resolution says school staff should work with families worried about ICE enforcement at school, and it also states that detained Durham youth should be returned to their families.

“My one class on Monday, I was missing eight students, which is very abnormal,” Holmes said. “Students are choosing to drop out in fear of coming to school.”

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  • Curtis Denton Feb 12, 2016
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    They should arrest any body who helpsbthese kids dodge ICE also...and the school board should be ashamed ....they can't even pay for supplies for the american kids who go to school and they want to help the illegal students who are here illegally.... Go figure

  • Hamilton Bean Feb 12, 2016
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    “My one class on Monday, I was missing eight students, which is very abnormal,” Holmes said. “Students are choosing to drop out in fear of coming to school.”
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/durham-school-board-passes-resolution-to-oppose-student-immigration-raids/15353656/#PdmWA3yee6pGerZF.99
    Well maybe, just maybe, there would not be all this fear IF THEY WERE HERE LEGALLY...

  • Kioko Fulgarion Feb 11, 2016
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    I just can't feel sympathy for this kid, illegal aliens who refuse to go to court after being caught, should be kicked out since they obviously do not care about this country except themselves.

  • Doug Bogard Feb 11, 2016
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    Maybe in a fairy tale, or on TV.
    In the real world, in Honduras, no.
    Your fantasy is romantic.

  • Roy Hinkley Feb 11, 2016
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    so in your imagination, you can't conceive that maybe someone pushed back against a gang and now they fear for thier life? That would be lawful and understandable.

  • Doug Bogard Feb 11, 2016
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    This child is a 19 year old adult.
    Who skipped his immigration court date.
    He is here illegally, he had a chance to make it right. Instead he blew it off.
    Only a few things I can think of that makes a drug gang want to kill you.
    None of them are lawful.