Bassett Unified Votes For “Sanctuary Schools”
The Bassett Unified Board of Education unanimously voted for all its schools to become “sanctuary schools” in reaction towards the election of President-elect Donald Trump at Tuesday night’s meeting.
According to the Whittier Daily News, the district isn't the first to propose the idea. San Francisco Unified and Los Angeles Unified, the state's largest school district, have also vowed to protect undocumented students, teachers, and personnel.
Bassett Unified Board Member Paul Solano said that one of his “top priorities is to ensure that our students are receiving a high-quality education in a safe and secure environment.”
Trump has previously stated that he pledges to cut federal funding to “sanctuary cities” and many schools and cities are taking actions to protect undocumented immigrants from Trump’s policies.
Many students and parents are fearful of what is to come when Trump takes office and the response taken by Bassett Unified to vow to protect the undocumented community before the students and parents addressed the issue shows a level of pro-activeness and that the leadership is paying attention.
Bassett Unified will also begin to work with local organizations to provide resources for families that face threats of deportations and harassment.
Read more at Whittier Daily News.
See what other districts have passed similar resolutions on our Safe Haven Districts page.