Romero Urges Resistance, TUSD Offers Officer Free Zone To DREAMERs

Rep. Raul Grijalva's staff member Ruben Romero shares vital information with attendees of the DACA forum. Law enforcement put on notice by attendee.

In response to the decision by the Trump administration to delay the recision of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017 Tucson Vice-Mayor Regina Romero joined forces with Tucson Unified School District officials to offer legal assistance to those in need.

Vice-Mayor Romero along with her husband Ruben Reyes, Senior District Advisor for Congressman Raul Grijalva, Grijalva’s daughter Adelita, a Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) board member, fellow board member Kristel Foster, and newly appointed TUSD Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo were on hand for first of many DREAMers (DACA recipients) assistance events planned. According to Romero’s Facebook post, “there was a huge turnout.” Romero noted that similar events will be held every Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Trujillo, who has strived to be far more responsive than his predecessors, told the ADI in an email Sunday night, “Additional parent meetings have been scheduled for Cholla and possibly Tucson High this week and next. It has been brought to my attention that an anti-law enforcement sign at the Pueblo meeting has been circulating on social media. We value our relationships with the PCSO and TPD and will ensure that all such signage and messaging is prohibited in any upcoming parent forums at our schools.”

It is illegal for schools to inquire as to a student’s legal status. Despite this, TUSD officials implied in an advisory to parents that a resolution passed by the board in 2016 was providing safety. Concerns arose as to whether the district’s message had caused more fear than it assuaged.

Dr. Trujillo wrote that the parent meeting “was hastily arranged and not thoroughly advertised due to the urgency of trying to get the appropriate information to parents for the purpose of preventing any additional “walk outs” or decisions from parents to pull kids out of schools. Several schools around the district as well as neighborhood associations are also planning informational sessions. My impression of the event was that it was informative and hopefully will serve to prevent any drastic decision making as an overreaction to the Tuesday decision.”

Romero has called for Tucsonans to “continue to resist” the “political pressure and threats from conservative government officials across the country” who have “jeopardized this program and negatively impacted the lives of nearly 800,000 DREAMers.”

The DACA program was established through an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012. According to Rep. Grijalva, “In Arizona alone, there are nearly 28,000 DACA recipients.”

“It is heartbreaking and infuriating that the Trump Administration has taken action to end the protection of these individuals while engaging in political pandering and scapegoating to stoke feelings of fear, contempt and divisiveness,” said Romero in a press release.

Romero and many others believe that Trump’s decision to force Congress to pass meaningful immigration has effectively ended the DACA program. Congress has for years failed to act and there is no reason to believe that anything has changed.

“In 2010 I led the effort to bring a vote of support for the DREAM Act to the Tucson City Council, which was approved by a 6-1 vote,” said Romero in the press release. She reiterated her support for “DACA and for the immigrants across this nation working hard and aspiring to the American Dream.”

“The future of DREAMers is at stake – and it is up to Congress to find a viable alternative to the dismantling of this program before March 5, 2018 (6 months from today) or we will see hundreds of thousands of our immigrant brothers and sisters deported from this country or returned to living in fear.” She concluded, “I am urging all Tucsonans to reach out to their Congressional representatives and make your voices heard – we demand protection for all DREAMers and will not stand for the division of our community.”

At the same time Congress avoided immigration reform, officials at TUSD have tolerated substandard education practices at Pueblo High School. In the past, parents who are currently undocumented with undocumented children attending Pueblo told the ADI that they believed that district and school officials were aware of their undocumented status. As a result, the parents alleged that school officials had confidence that their undocumented status would prevent them from reporting poor practices to authorities.

16 Comments on "Romero Urges Resistance, TUSD Offers Officer Free Zone To DREAMERs"

  1. The DACA program was established through an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012.

    Gee, rule of law, right. It was put in place with the stroke of a pen and it can be rescinded the same way. Always something for nothing isn’t it. So tired of it.

    • The Oracle of Tucson | September 11, 2017 at 4:39 am |

      I was thinking the sane thing. Suddenly the lawless are legal experts, except on those laws they wish to ignore.

      The Oracle

    • If Obama wanted to change the law there was nothing to prevent him from doing it while he was President. He had the House, the Senate AND the White House. There wasn’t enough votes to stop him. He chose to create DACA by Executive Order, knowing the burden would be on the next President and Obama would look like the hero.

  2. I’ll bet you could not find a thimble full of common sense at that meeting. TUSD parents better line up some good attorneys.

  3. TUSD Taxpayer and Voter | September 11, 2017 at 7:02 am |

    And now we know Trujillos real stripes. He obviously has kissed the Grijalva ring. His intractability will surely be his downfall.

  4. Dwayne Wolfswinkle | September 11, 2017 at 7:25 am |

    There was general shock when el Presendte Hicks sided with the Grijalva mean girls selecting Turjillo. Now with the first major Trujillo shows he is nothing more than another pawn of el gordo. We can expect the continued decline of TUSD under the leadership of Hicks and Grijalva.

  5. Dwayne Wolfswinkle | September 11, 2017 at 7:47 am |

    Sorry about the laps above. First major event Trujillo sides with…

  6. Obama’s executive order (DACA) is UNconstitutional; it violates the separation of powers between Executive, Judicial, Legislative. Trump is absolutely correct to refer this issue back to Congress.

    I say vet the 800,000 to expose and deport those who have fraudently abused DACA, and then find a way to let the remainder stay. Also deport any DACAs who have a criminal record.

  7. Leave the Dreamers alone, go after their parents!

  8. Lol These guys failed at teaching. How does a bill become a law…..Until then its illegal end of story. Law of the land says DACA is over. You had until Sept 5 to file your paperwork. Who’s fault is it? You had the opportunity to become legal citizens and you sat on your butt. Where you going to ever even try to become a citizen? I think not.

  9. Only in the mind of a liberal is anarchy an acceptable form of governance.

  10. Make Tucson Mexico Again!

    5th poorest in the country, no.1 in sight!

  11. It is not “threats and political pressures from conservative officials” that is a threat to DACA, it is the unconstitutionality of Obama`s E. O. which created DACA. If anyone is fear mongering it is those who are “blaming” people for simply demanding our Federal Govt., comply with oiur immigration laws and the Constitution. Obama may not understand it but only laws passed by both Houses of Congress and signed into law by the President can change our Federal laws, not unilateral actions by a President.

  12. But Luke he was a supposed ‘constitutional scholar and community organizer’ so how can that be. Just becasue his masters told him he could do it was enough for him, the people be damned.

  13. article after article over the past few years tell about the rank/ file federal employees rejecting the DACA applicants who got caught lying. 98% of their rejections were over turned by senior administrators. So its safe to say 400,000 are lying cheaters and Obama made it happen. REVET them all under objective standards and deport the bad ones today.

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