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Pleasanton school district considering ‘safe haven’ status

Original post made on Feb 26, 2017

The Pleasanton school board is set to debate a resolution Tuesday that would declare the district a “safe haven” for students and families facing immigration enforcement or discrimination.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, February 26, 2017, 6:46 PM

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Posted by Evangeline Vos
a resident of another community
on Feb 26, 2017 at 7:17 pm

When a person who is a citizen of a country other than the United States intentionally crosses the border into the U.S. without proper documentation, that person has committed a crime, because it is illegal to do so. The American constitution applies to all U.S. citizens; it does not apply to foreign nationals, who are normally protected by the laws of their own country. And the U.S. constitution especially does not apply to anyone who has broken our laws by coming into our country illegally. Should anyone who feels like it be able to come to America illegally and put their children in our schools, get free medical care, a driver's license, etc.??? This is illegal, yet has been condoned for far too long. Let's follow the laws of our country!!! If you don't like them, become a legislator and change them. Why is this a difficult concept?? As an American citizen, I can't go to Mexico and enroll my children in their schools, get welfare checks or a Mexican driver's license; that's illegal!! Try illegally crossing any other international border and see what occurs. Really, this is simple. The laws should be enforced. Period.


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Posted by The real story
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Can PUSD explain why the 6th grade course called Middle School Success or Quest as part of the mandatory Elective Wheel teaches each student each and every racial or gender or ethnic or sexual slur in existence? If there is discord in PUSD, blame the Board for exposing the kids to this ridiculous set of course materials and films.

Regarding the resolution, this might be a golden opportunity to get in new management at the school board. After all, it is illegal to not uphold the law and the constitution. It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law. By harboring illegal aliens, they are breaking the law. I hope they get arrested. If they do pass the resolution, they are not upholding the law and constitution as the oath declares they will do (they take this oath when they are sworn into office). This means anyone who votes to pass the resolution can be removed for malfeasance. Hurray.

Robin Torello, chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, of which Joan Laursen, Jamie Yee Hinktske, Valerie Arkin are associated, is running the show at PUSD. They endorsed Steve Maher and the school board is taking its marching orders from Robin Torello who has ordered all government entities in Alameda County to declare themselves "sanctuaries" in order to defy Federal Law. Here is the article in the EBCitizen about Robin Torello Web Link

The Alameda County democrats are building a case for impeaching the president, which of course they signaled by not allowing PUSD students to not watch the inauguration.

Of course harboring illegal aliens is a Federal offense so the school board and cabinet can hope given the Tri-Valley University visa scam fiasco, that these folks will be the top of the list for being incarcerated for their actions should they pass this resolution.

I believe this is political posturing because parents know if students were being subject to such ongoing intimidation, there would be a slew of complaints to the Office of Civil Rights. The Pleasanton Weekly should do a FOIA to find out how many complaints there have been at PUSD to the Office of Civil Rights.

What this really is an acknowledgement that the Elective Wheel mandated courses training each student in every derogatory slur known to mankind + the Odie Douglas S.E.E.D. program introduced to PUSD has created one big mess. It has nothing to do with the election. It has to do with mismanagement of the PUSD.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2017 at 8:05 pm

I agree with not allowing random raids without notice, this is disruptive to learning and traumatic for students, however, schools should provide data and work with the government if requested.

I notice political, or ideology, tolerance is omitted from what teachers would be required to teach. While im not a trump advocate, its clear our schools are aligning to a political party which isnt right (pun intended)


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Also....this being a priority for our schools must also mean all other scholastic related needs are addressed? Please dont come asking for more resources for school related needs if we are directing existing ones to something non-school related


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Posted by disgusted
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm

So, let me get this straight. PUSD, who seems to be having lots of trouble getting their own house in order, has decided to spend time and tax dollars challenging the authority of the federal government for enforcing laws? You guys/gals are brilliant. Why do you even need a resolution? Does that somehow mean you have some authority - authority by fiat? If you don't like the law, just disobey, right? Oh wait, that might take some courage.


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Posted by problems
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2017 at 7:46 am

With the school district calling us a sanctuary district, and saying they are "hearing from students who are scared", they are admitting that we have a lot of illegal immigrants in our district. IF this resolution passes, we will be a target of ICE raids since the district is telling the federal government that we currently harbor and know of illegal immigrants. In essence, by doing this resolution the district is putting our kids in harms way.

Sort of ironic that the district has decided to take this upon themselves at the same time the community is talking about our overcrowded schools in Pleasanton. Perhaps the district is trying to say we have overcrowded schools because of illegal aliens?

It is my opinion that the district is just trying to stir up trouble and jeopardize the funding we receive. I cannot imagine the federal government was even thinking about coming to Pleasanton. At least not until the district went out to wave their red flags.

I also restate, this is not anti-immigration. It is pro-immigration by following the laws.


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Posted by Agreed
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:03 am

The schools are admitting they knowingly hire illegal aliens and harbor illegal aliens as pupils. And knowingly hire illegals as contractors. The penalty is minimum 5 years in Federal prison. Everyone needs to go on the DHS website and let them know about PUSD knowingly hiring and enrolling illegal aliens. I guess the administration of PUSD is such a mess that they try to justify their sad willful breaking of laws with an official written admission of guilt.


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:45 am

PUSD has a long history of scamming ICE and the State. This only confirms what I have long suspected about the previous ICE sting operation at the Pleasanton Unified School District: the PUSD purposefully had the obviously fake “university” Tri-Valley University operating on its campus to issue fake F-1 student visas to adults who would then enter the U.S. illegally with their families and enroll their children in Pleasanton schools.

This was all in the Pleasanton Weekly several years ago Web Link way back to 2009 Web Link

This illegal operation at PUSD which was closed down by ICE in 2011 generated additional ADA (average daily allowance) money for the children that were enrolled in Pleasanton TK-12 schools that were in the country illegally, i.e., the children of the adults "enrolled" in the fake college operating at the school district (the admissions office was at PUSD), Boulder Court and co-located with Little Ivy League tutoring daycare the corner of Rheem Drive and Stoneridge Drive.

This stunning rant/resolution on the Pleasanton USD website about PUSD thumbing their nose (again) at ICE will surely cause quite a reaction yet again at the Department of Homeland Security.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 27, 2017 at 9:28 am

I don't even know why this is a debate? If they are here illegally, they have already broken federal law and need to be escorted out of the country immediately. Whether or not they have family here or whatever is irrelevant. Government officials who choose to disobey federal law need to be held accountable. This BS of justifying breaking the law has got to stop. Law is not a suggestion and you do not have the option of only enforcing the laws you like. A law is a law, and this law has been on the books forever. Enforce the law or go to jail. Period.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2017 at 9:44 am

These people will do use any diversionary tactic to draw people's attention away from the inconsequential stuff, like keep the district functional.

"Look, a squirrel!"


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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

Remind me how many times there have been ICE raids at PUSD? This is such a non-issue for a school district.


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Posted by Long Time PUSD Parent
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:01 am

Are you kidding me?! In the statement: "We commit to providing a safe environment where all are treated equally regardless of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, immigration status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, disability or need for special education services," where does it state we have to provide education to those here illegally? Be a legal resident, a permanent resident, be here on an H1-B Visa, you earned the right to an education paid by our tax dollars. But come here, and live here, illegally? Why doesn't PUSD stand up and help enforce the laws in our Country?


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Posted by Pat Keeney
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:06 am

Shame on the Pleasanton Weekly! If you continue to publish and endorse anti-Trump articles, such as "A new term, Congressman Swalwell..", you have become just like all of the other liberal, slanted media. The majority of the American people voted for President Trump. You have become disrespectful of the this office and our country.


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Posted by Jim Gill
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:17 am

BOOOO PUSD !!!!! Illegal is illegal. Get your own house in order before spending MY tax dollars on something which goes against Federal law !


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Posted by Greatly concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:29 am

I just read the above comments already posted by concerned citizens of our community and couldn't agree with them more!! To make it short as it's already by said, for the above reasons I am shocked the the PUSD board is even considering naming our schools as sanctuaries! I think it's time for them to go!


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Posted by 37 year PTown Resident
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:35 am

I absolutely support tolerance and acceptance of all people. However, that concept and the idea that we, as a community, should embrace people who break the law is in no way the same thing. If our homes were burglarized or our families attacked, we would expect the law to be enforced and the criminals punished. We cannot choose which of our laws to obey and which to ignore. PUSD stand up and respect our laws and our government!


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Posted by Pleasanton Taxpayer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

The school board and district are supposed to operate in a way that is a model for our young people. However, in this case, the behavior they are advocating is to ignore the rules and laws with which you disagree. PUSD, is this really the best you can do?


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Posted by PleasantonNative
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

I don't have a problem with immigration. I have a problem with illegal immigration. And I have a big problem with using our resources to condone illegal immigration.


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Posted by Proud Resident of Pleasanton
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

When I read this article, I thought "Oh boy, here we go". Feeling very relieved that the residents are vocalizing their concern. My parents were immigrants and came over the "legal" way. I in no way want to encourage illegal immigrants to come to our district. Illegal is illegal. It's just purely stupid that we would protect these people coming illegally while many honest and hardworking people are eagerly waiting for their approval to come to the US the "legal way". Seriously!!!! Our school board needs to get their priorities straight! Let's follow the law and focus our attention on cleaning up our district!


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Posted by PUSD Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

PUSD never has enough money, cannot keep a Superintendent in place, yet we are going to spend more money on protecting illegals. Remember immigrant day last week? Guess what, more teaching got done, less problems in the classroom and oh by the way, it didn't take me a half an hour to drop my kid off...
Let's take a moment and remember Kate Steinle, former PUSD student. Prayers continue for the Steinle family and ours if PUSD is going to protect illegals.


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm

This is one of those topics I have mixed feelings about, but the fact is Alameda County is the 4th most diverse County in the nation and in 2014 31% of the 1.6 million Alameda County residents were foreign born. 44% of Fremont residents, 28.7% or Dublin residents, 25.1% of Pleasanton residents are foreign born. To be transparent I'm not entirely sure if that data only counts legal immigrants and refugees.

What I'm getting at is we live in a very diverse place and even legal immigrants are frightened by all the rhetoric coming from the Federal Government. Foreign born children in PUSD are absolutely frightened. I would be willing to bet the day after the election students were asking PUSD teachers a lot of tough questions about this topic.

With regards to the school district declaring itself a safe haven. Ok, fine, but I don't think ICE are doing raids on school campuses. If so I would have a serious problem with that.


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Posted by Vintage Hills Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Julia writes: a resolution Tuesday that would declare the district a “safe haven” for students and families facing immigration enforcement or discrimination.

The manner in which this is written implies that immigration enforcement and discrimination are related. They are not.

Both discrimination and illegal immigration are already covered by laws. We do not need another resolution.


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

The oath of office that the school board members pledged is that stated they would follow is that it would follow the constitution and defend against all enemies foreign and domestic. It is below. By not defending against enemies foreign and domestic, and basically agreeing to harbor criminals and not cooperate with official law enforcement agencies, particularly the one (Department of Homeland Security) in charge of protecting the nation against all enemies foreign and domestic, they are nullifying their oath of office. They need to resign if they can't discharge their duties and uphold their oath of office. Prayers to Kate Steinle's family as well. Also I believe that Juanita Haugen would be deeply embarrassed by the actions of the Pleasanton school district and if she were alive today, would be condemning their actions and political posturing.

Oath -

I, _________________________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
(Print Name)
support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter and during such time as I hold the office of
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Posted by LLoyd Yarbrough
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

I totally agree with the previous comments. If you do not have the legal right to be in this country (undocumented ) meaens you are illegeal. Your are not intitled to the the right and privialiages of us citizens. That means schools and federal funding and state funding that citizens pay for. Illegals live on the backs of fredom that us citizens have provided for them. These policies to have illegials in our schools have to be rejected.


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Posted by A Voice
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 27, 2017 at 1:01 pm

A Voice is a registered user.

I agree that illegal immigrants should deported. There are proper ways to go about collecting illegal immigrants for deportation.

ICE should not be rounding up children at schools since this disrupts the school environment and could bring harm to ALL students. It is my understanding that the school board isn’t just looking out for illegal immigrant students, but also the welfare of ALL the children at school.

“The resolution also states that ICE agents would not be allowed to enter district sites without prior written approval from the superintendent.”

I would not like my naturally born US child to come home from school stating that ICE came to school to collect an child for deportation and watched in horror as that friend went off screaming and crying.

ICE can collect illegal immigrants OFF school campuses.


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Posted by George Vien
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm

How uncommonly gracious of you benevolent folks. While you're at it, why not make your schools a sanctuary for oppressed dope dealers and low grade, persecuted thieves? Yeah, that's the ticket. Let's see, what else can we do with JOE Schmuck's hard earned dollars?

Why don't you folks canvass the immunity to find out what all the hard working, lawful citizens think of this unmitigated horse manure of an idea?


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

I hope others are writing to the Board members or will come and speak tomorrow night. Here is what I see:

A political statement that has a Whereas stating “as a school district, we maintain our commitment to remaining nonpartisan on politics . . . “ and includes another Whereas stating “because of intolerant rhetoric made over the course of the 2016 presidential election.” As a board, there should be no statement about any election precisely because it is political.

Also, not included in the report to the Board is data supporting assertions of “increased levels of hate speech” and families “expressing fear, hopelessness, sadness, and concerns . . . ”. If this is true and widespread, we need a lot more than a resolution and that, then, is what the board should be discussing and where they should be taking action.

Additionally, the inclusion of two Whereas clauses where a line is drawn from positive votes for Propositions 58, 55, and 51 to support for safe haven school districts is thin enough as to be invisible. One cannot infer those votes as being supportive of a safe haven district.

The Whereas clauses citing our diversity only continues to divide us by percentages, languages, and who is getting a free lunch.

Why are we taking a stand? An article in The Atlantic spoke to this topic indicating ICE has no intention of coming on campuses. Web Link

Also, there are laws already in place stating what law enforcement can and cannot do (and referred to in the resolution as “to the fullest extent of the law”), and it is often the case that districts must cooperate.

Another Whereas states policy protects immigration status. In a search I found BP 0410, 5145.3, 4111.2, and 6145.6 that DO NOT include “immigration status”, that indicate compliance for employees to be properly identified as being able to legally work in the district, and that cite www.ice.gov as a reference.

There are many flaws in the thinking behind the various statements in the resolution.

Ultimately, without the full understanding of law, district policies, and blatant statements that fall short of actual history, this resolution is ill advised in any form. The district would be better served by continuing to serve students and their educations, whether they are citizens or not, and not by taking a stand on something where there is little that provides the board authority in reality.


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Posted by Roy
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:15 pm

I just do not get it. President Trump has repeated sated he is after those whpo have committed serious crimes beyond the crime of illegally entering the country. So i9f you are not guilty of other serious crimes why are you scared? This is the big liberal threat to reduce the power of the President. For the school Dist to pass a policy deciding what laws should be followed is ridiculous. What other laws should they decide to ignore.

Time to concentrate on improved hiring and internal issues and leave Federal Immigration plocy to those responsible for enforcement.


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Posted by Agreed
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Another circus sideshow. Political grandstanding by blaming hate speech on the 2016 election? Didn't Parvin Ahmadi several years ago target the Pleasanton Weekly via the NAACP visit to the Board mtg as the reason for discord and so called hate speech? Time to Fire the management for the broken PUSD


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Posted by HadItWithThisState
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

The correction definition of "safe haven": If you abide by the laws, you are safe.

Just one more reason to move out of California


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Posted by PUSD Parent
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

The only things PUSD does well is make bad decisions and spend money poorly. What are you teaching our kids, that breaking the law is acceptable? My family has donated much money to PUSD over the years and we are so tired of our money supporting those those illegals who provide nothing and get so much for free. If this passes, we will not be donating to PUSD anymore. Do the right thing PUSD, respect the laws of this country.Get yourself in order.


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Posted by Son of Legal Aliens
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

My parents came to the United States on the quota system many years ago. My father first, five years later my mother was able to come. All legal, with travel documents, passports and all the rest that was required. Became naturalized American citizens, assimilated into the American way of life. Upstanding and patriotic they were. We are a nation of laws, Pleasanton schools should be teaching our kids Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Stay with your job of teaching and stay out of the immigration issue, its none of your business.


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Posted by Dark Corners of Town
a resident of Country Fair
on Feb 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

PUSD Board of Trustees -

What a waste of your time, and the time of the community. You have far better things to do than create, debate and vote on a meaningless, hypocritical, political grandstanding, toothless and ineffectual resolution. Your reputation just dropped another notch.


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Posted by Rose
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

So much has already been said. I am in shock to learn that PUSD is leading the student body in a fearful, dreaded direction - teaching them to be anarchist - setting a damaging, irreparable example. This is not the place of the PUSD - not their place to decide to choose which laws they will abide by. Your whole existence is for the purpose of educating our students - citizens and legal immigrants. You do not, as a body, possess the authority, legal or otherwise, not to enforce or interfere with enforcement of law. My family is horrified and embarrassed by this stance - don't even want to admit being from Pleasanton. Have you all lost your minds??? We seriously doubt that ICE is going to raid the schools and kidnap children...and do what with them??? You need to back away from this and do a better job at what your role is...educate our students and prepare them to run for office to change the laws they don't like, or teach them how to communicate with their congressional and legislative representatives...not simply turn their backs on our institutions which make up our government - what does selective morality lead to in society - take a look around.


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Posted by Save Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm

PUSD you're ruining our schools! We don't need you to shove any personal political agenda down our throats! How can you afford to fund this agenda, but the way? Any of the District’s money that is going toward this agenda should be going to our over-crowded and deteriorating schools! The School District should NOT be using any of the District funds towards an inaccurate, full of false information agenda! Do you really think anyone would let authorities remove a child from a classroom without lawful cause! You, PUSD are inciting the FEAR into our classrooms/children. Shame on you! Direct your attention on finding a TRUSTWORTHY Superintendent, one who will focus on providing a higher education for our kids and get our kids out of portable classrooms!


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Posted by United We Win
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm

I haven't seen Pleasanton residents united on one specific topic lately...

Until this one!

35 comments so far, also against PUSD!!!


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Posted by PUSD never fails to surprise
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm

PUSD, how dare you spend our precious funds on illegals! Our schools are impacted and deteriorating to the point of embarrassment.Get your nose out of politics and focus on fixing this broken district. You have lost a donor. Shame on you!


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

I can not believe how everyone is freaking out about this. The resolution is meant to reassure our students about the existing laws that protect them. This reassurance is needed because, believe it or not, some of our kids have been harassed since the election. Yes, kids like adults can be jerks. Remember the following:


The 1984 Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe requires schools to enroll all eligible children regardless of their citizenship or immigration status.

State and federal laws prohibit educational agencies from disclosing personally identifiable student information to law enforcement, without the consent of a parent or guardian, a court order or lawful subpoena, or in the case of a health emergency.

Those are our laws. If you do nothing like being around a diverse population-then leave! It works both ways! You are living in a blue state that welcomes, thrives and needs the skills, knowledge and labor of immigrants. There are many red states that would welcome your myopic and ethnocentric sensibilities.

Also, many of the school districts in the Bay Area have already passed Safe Haven Resolutions.

And for those complaining about how horrible our school district is, please read this article talks about how PUSD is one of the top school district's in the sate. Web Link


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Posted by River
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Feb 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Don't kid yourselves, there'll be no money spent here. This is simply a grandstand taken by Odie and the SJWs of SEED. Does anyone here seriously think ICE is likely to raid Pleasanton schools?

This is what we're paying Dr. Douglas a quarter of a million for each year: to pass meaningless resolutions that require no effort, risk, or sacrifice, but assuage the city's "white guilt". Just consider the intended audience of this announcement. Is it the low-income, limited-English-speaking immigrant population? Of course not. This is propaganda for the middle class and school board types.

The money being wasted is not on making our school's "sanctuaries", it's being wasted on paying a particular district office administrator's salary.


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Posted by Concerned parent and citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

In response to "Really" about our schools being so great. If it weren't for so many parents paying for tutors, our schools high marks would not be so high. My kids can't get into some classes they want, kids are sitting in bean bag chairs in some class rooms, we have lost our 7th period in high school, the list goes on and on.
I'm more than happy to donate money to the schools for the future of my children and my community, but at what point to we draw the line?It gets harder every year to donate money to a school district I feel is untrustworthy and incompetent.
We make it so easy for illegal immigrants to get everything they need- at what and whose expense? Maybe our childrens'?
I support immigration, just do it legally and pay your fair share.


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 6:30 pm

I agree with the previous poster Save Pleasanton that the PUSD seems to be the root cause of doing all of the fear mongering.

When I read the Board packet, I am very troubled.

I see that the turnover and lack of teachers because of the resignations at Amador Valley High School has caused the Board to put some sort of study hall/guidance period into students' permanent schedules. Obviously, reading between the lines, they can't staff the teaching positions so they have proposed to insert this "no learning" period in students' schedules.

Also, is the Mike Williams profiled in the Half Moon Bay publication by the Julia Reis the same person as the current Amador Valley High principal? Why didn't PUSD hire a current Amador Valley High principal have previous grade 9-12 experience administrative or 9-12 academic teaching experience ?

River, thank you for pointing this SEED program out. I just Googled Odie Douglas and wherever he seems to go, I see racial strife, references to hate crimes, teachers attacking each other, administrators having teachers placed under citizen's arrest, etc. If you Google and read articles like the 2004 "Elk Grove Seeking Answers To Racial Tension In School" to multiple articles regarding Lodi Unified, I'm observing a trend of press pronouncements about "racial tension," principal turnover, lawsuits, loss of teachers, law enforcement brought to campus to intimidate children and teachers, and millions of dollars in legal fees flushed down the drain.

PUSD trying to blame the 2016 fall election on its problems is absurd.


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Posted by Shocked and ashamed
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 6:33 pm

The response to this is unbelievable. Of course we need to protect this handful of innocent children and give them our very best. Our teachers should not have to be immigration agents. It should be a source of pride that we can be a safe haven school district. Why should we ? Because we can.

I have lived here for 40 years and my children attended these schools. I like the diversity this district has to offer now and think the parents should appreciate it.


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Posted by Debby
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 27, 2017 at 7:13 pm

"We commit to providing a safe environment where all are treated equally regardless of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, immigration status, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, disability or need for special education services,"
That doesn't mean you need to be a "safe haven". It does mean you should nip racist and derogatory comments and discrimination in the bud. My kids were called "stupid Chinese" and worse in grade school - they are Asian but not Chinese. My son had lots of problems which stopped in 6th grade because he was "Mr. Pin" - I didn't even know he had problems (he never said a thing) until 7th grade from another mom. That 6th grade course sounds like it encourages instead of discourages.
A course on unconscious bias and recognizing everyone has biases and how to function harmoniously with them would benefit all.


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Posted by Save Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm

@Really. This isn't a "freak out" as you stated. The School District should be addressing the bullying issues, which is absolutely unacceptable! The problem with this agenda, is that the School District is actually the BULLY inciting fear and agitation on their own with our kids (no matter what ethnicity) and community. No one has stated they don't want a diverse population... now that's a "freak out" response, as you stated! The School District has no right to use OUR District funds to push this (or any political) agenda! PERIOD! Yes, the law is the law of our land, unless Jerry Brown changes it!


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 7:24 pm

The resolution proposed attempts to interfere in Federal matters regarding enforcement of immigration regulations.

Apparently, the PUSD does not want to provide any data on students whatsoever to any Federal law enforcement body or cooperate with Federal law enforcement.

However, Odie Douglas appears to have shared very private and personal data regarding students and their parents and employment and GPAs as well as highly detailed social information regarding family economic status for the purpose of handing over private educational data to perform various studies, such as this one-- Web Link

I would think that subjecting public schools students to being guinea pigs and subjects in a dissertation would violate every privacy law on the books like FERPA.

How many PUSD students and parents are unknowing subjects of various research papers and studies and presentations and other publications that involve Odie Douglas? And are these various controversies on the Board agendas simply put there to distract the public on what is going on in the continuing dysfunction at the District headquarters and schools?

How much student data has PUSD provided to others in violation of FERPA without parents and students being aware of it?


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Name calling wont change because of diversity, it just gains fidelity - ie "stupid chinese" becomes "don't call me chinese, thats insulting, im Taiwanese, dont lump me in with those dumb@$$e$".

Point being, judging on race is wrong, however creating over sensitivities around the race portion of it vs the behavior of name calling is diluting the overall message (that at a grade school level is probably more important to group more broadly)

Maybe im wrong here, but i think the racist part of name calling at the grade school level is more hurtful to me as a parent than the child ' because as a parent i know my son/daughter cant change that part of who they are vs if someone name called them stupid for not scoring high marks on a test - something they do have more control over. Point is, to the child both are hurtful, but we as parents put the added importance on one vs the other when at that age we probably dont need to.


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Posted by SRV
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:11 pm

A solution in search of a problem. In the history of PUSD how many times has ICE been on campus to remove anyone?

"Protected spaces" has become synonymous with squelching opinions the left disagrees with. Ironically, The Bay Area is one of the least tolerant parts of the country.

Does anyone see the irony with this discussion taking place on the same night the Board will review JV's lawsuit? How about safe spaces from teachers and a former interim principal who bullied others when they publicly supported JV?


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Posted by terrance turner
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:36 pm

I consider this a very political move that is not with what is expected of our school district. I expect the district to provide education, not political statements. Shame.


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Posted by A REAL PUSD parent
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Feb 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Wow the trolls are out today! Schools shouldn't be a forum for hateful racist actions by an over-zealous federal paramilitary agency given direction by a racist attorney general and a president who has absolutely no idea what he is doing. I appreciate the PUSD taking this stand for all of its students. The last thing I want to have are my kids being traumatized by armed ICE agents coming into schools and forcibly removing their classmates or workers. If any of these commenters really had kids in a PUSD school they would absolutely not want guns, handcuffs, pepper spray and force anywhere near their kids. There's a time and a place for enforcing immigration laws people and schools and classroom time aren't it. I mean really have you all lost your common sense to being trump puppets??


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Posted by Long Time PUSD Parent
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Has anyone found it ironic that the very school district that Kate Steinle grew up in is a school district that wants to ignore the problems of illegal immigration? How about our school district sets an example for others to follow by respecting the laws of our land?


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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:08 pm

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I rarely comment on these boards but I bit...
@Real PUSD Parent- I think you just reinforced the argument that this is mostly political grandstanding. Also, is "illegal" immigration now being framed as diversity?!?


"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Posted by DJT
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm

Jason wrote: "legal immigrants are frightened by all the rhetoric coming from the Federal Government. Foreign born children in PUSD are absolutely frightened. "

How do you know that? Have you spoken with each and every one of them?


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Posted by Frustrated PUSD parent
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Frustrated with this political move and PUSD has no business in this issue, However when PPIE comes 4/23/17 to rescue PUSD, I chose not to donate this year.


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Very much agree with Bill Brasky.

PUSD has decided to embark on a fear campaign based on political grandstanding which began to emerge with the "banning the inauguration" from being viewed at PUSD as reported by the news channels. Web Link

This is the district who regularly initiates 911 calls to the police to haul students out of classes for "5150s" to place them in involuntary 72 hour psych holds, parks security guards for months on elementary school campus such as Walnut Grove, calls the Pleasanton Police and diverts them from patrol duty to instead be present at School Board meetings and subjects its students to regular police search/seizure raids with drug-sniffing dogs.


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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 27, 2017 at 10:41 pm

Seriously? My grandparents migrated from Greece to Pleasanton in 1917 legally. They went through all the necessary steps to become legal US citezens. What in the world is going on here folks? If your not here legally then your breaking the law, right? Our school district thinks it can harbor illegal immigrants and then refuse to cooperate with the federal government? Since when wrong is right? Has the Earth shifted off it's axis or something? Please let's make our voices heard and let the district know we are against this nonsense. Using our tax dollars to FIGHT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT??! Let our President do the job he was elected to do and fix our countries problems.


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Posted by Save Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 28, 2017 at 6:47 am

Commenting on "A Real,PUSD Parent," I too am a parent of PUSD students (two, one who graduated and one who is still in the school system). This current campaign by the school district is just one more reason to give thought to the whole Home schooling alternative. Wonder what PUSD would do with the loss of money they receive if there was a mass exodus of students in their district! I feel extremely sorry for the many AMAZING and wonderful teachers in this District! I know there hands are tied by this huge BULLY named PUSD, especially with this current campaign they're pushing! Not only is the PUSD traumatizing our kids, but also our teachers! It's not the Feds inciting fear, it's PUSD! Stop using our precious School District money to BULLY our community, teachers and kids with this political agenda!


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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 8:06 am

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We should consider recalling the school board and fire all PUSD administrators if this passes. Wasting our tax dollars on illegal criminals is absolutely unacceptable. We can also sue the school district if this passes.


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Posted by Fed up
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

And meanwhile issues such as a shamefully incompetent math department at one of the
Middle schools continue to go unaddressed. My checkbook is closed.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

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Please take a step back for a minute. Many undocumented immigrants pay taxes and never get refunds. There is data to confirm the amount of that benefit to CA and the US. This resolution won't spend a dime to protect the students. In fact, I would worry more that these students will be placed in harms way . . . why would we make a statement if we are not teaching undocumented children or perhaps know their parents are undocumented.

All of us have families that came here from somewhere else. Those distant relatives fled oppression or sought opportunity. Our history since then isn't clean on oppression.

If this board thinks being a safe haven is important, they should be working for a joint statement with the city council. Otherwise, this is just grandstanding.


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Posted by blue bayou
a resident of Avignon
on Feb 28, 2017 at 8:57 am

instead of respecting the laws that form the underpinning of our free society

they go back to the tried and true, that we must never trust whitey

nameless, faceless bureaucrats doing their part to further fracture our society and institutions.


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 28, 2017 at 9:05 am

Kathleen, the city manager and mayor and city council are smart enough to know that any sort of "protect illegal aliens" and defy the President and Federal law enforcement will not only end all of their political careers, but basically ensure that they are shunned by Pleasanton residents forever. This after all is the city that was the home of Kate Steinle.

Don't you think the city manager Nelson Fialho and mayor Jerry Thorne as well as the rest of the city council are smart enough to figure out this political grandstanding is initiated by Robin Torello of the Democratic Party in Alameda County? And don't you think in city hall they all know this all started when Kate Steinle was shot and killed in San Francisco by an illegal alien, then San Francisco began boasting it was a sanctuary city?

Certainly if the school board wants to embarrass themselves, end their political careers, and end up being shunned by Pleasanton residents, it is their choice, but I seriously doubt the mayor and city council would ever be stupid enough to go along with any sort of political grandstanding nonsense such as this.


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Posted by yahn
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 28, 2017 at 9:31 am

This is political grandstanding sponsored by the Alameda County Democratic Committee. In reality the district has no policing powers. I do believe that this is causing more fear. I have asked the district for data on increased hate speech and they cannot produce it. If this passes and there are any problems, I will hold the school board accountable. Until then, no more donations or voting for any school measure as the board will have demonstrated that they feel they are above the law and I cannot trust them with my tax dollars.


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Posted by PUSD Parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

I sure hope all the people on this string show up tonight!
This school district can't hold on to principals, teacher's, heck even the superintendents are using the revolving door.
We have overcrowding, run down buildings for our students, portables, 64 kids in a PE class and on and on. PPIE constantly asking for money, can't register for school without spending $400 on funding science, art, and on and on. High school 1.2 miles from my house so overcrowded I have to drive 5 miles to Foothill. Kids who don't even live in the district using fake addresses.
My kids don't like to use the bathrooms at school because they are filthy, the water in the fountains is disgusting.
Teacher's wouldn't show the inauguration, told my kids to wear black to school instead. They said it was the "death of America".
Enough! Get your act together PUSD! Why don't you take care of the legal kids in your neighborhood classrooms before worrying about ICE showing up?


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Posted by Save Pleasanton
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 28, 2017 at 9:56 am

I agree with Yahn and the other commenters who have stated .... NO MORE DONATIONS TO PUSD IF THIS PASSES!

If this is how PUSD uses our hard earned money, instead of actually going to improve our schools, then our wallets are shut!


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Posted by Mike Moreno
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:17 am

Wow, glad to see I live in a community of mostly rational people. I'm glad I don't have kids in school in this day and age. I am in favor of good schools for everyone, but it's no surprise that the most radical people in town are those connected to the school board. We need to keep this energy for the next election and vote the bums out! We've done it at the Federal level, now we need to continue and clean up this State, starting with our own back yard.


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Posted by RU Kiddingmii
a resident of Valley Trails
on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:20 am

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Ha! It's already a "safe haven" for all of the terminated Superintendents with shady pasts that crop up after they are hired and exit with golden parachutes!! The whole PUSD leadership is a joke. They are self-absorbed narcissists who chase red herrings instead of focusing on their primary duty an obligation to the public.

So, did these elitist educators ever think that, perhaps a criminal who is un-documented and being pursued by the authorities could take up residence at a school, and the police would be powerless to enter school grounds and apprehend the person?? Idiots-the whole bunch.


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Posted by Doc
a resident of Las Positas
on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:59 am

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This is shameful and embarrassing. What bothers me the most is that the school district believes that it has more authority than law enforcement and government officials who serve and protect us. PUSD leadership is delusional if they really believe they can keep federal agents off of their campus without "prior written approval from the superintendent" with their fake board resolution.

I'm sorry, but the laws of this country must be upheld, and our school district is foolish to attempt to interfere. Such behavior is part-and-parcel for the liberal agenda; moreover, this resolution, at its core, is nothing more than political grandstanding by the district. Board members will go along with the desires of the district and pass this ridiculous resolution so that they won't be harangued by the sensitive liberal community members who require safe spaces whenever their feelings are hurt. Here is a novel concept for the district to consider: Stick to educating children and let the grown ups and voters create policies, rules, and laws at the ballot box the in the way our country was established 240 years ago. I am very saddened that we live in a time that values (and promotes) obstructionist behavior over following rules and, more importantly, the laws of this great country.

I have one child at Fairlands and one who will start there next year. I am giving strong consideration to pulling them PUSD and enrolling them in a charter school that is known to have good conservative values and doesn't meddle in political nonsense by advocating to usurp federal immigration laws. I was lured to this community 11-years ago because of its "great schools." Now I am disgusted by the politics, actions, and behaviors that our local educators are demonstrating. Sad.



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Posted by Alvin Lui
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:26 am

Hello All -

As you may or may not know, on February 7th, 2017, there was a measure brought before the Dublin City Council to declare Dublin a sanctuary city. On Tuesday, March 7th they are discussing the proposal again and it will not go to a city vote to be passed, all it would take is 3 out of the 5 city council members to have it enacted.

In short, a sanctuary city (like San Francisco where Kate was murdered) is where local law enforcement is instructed to not inquire about a criminal's immigration status when they are arrested. They are forbidden to work with federal law enforcement or provide any information to them to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes. If/when those criminals are tried, they will serve time in our jails/prisons instead of being deported.

Facts about how sanctuary cities work and what it doesn't do: Web Link

My petition below suggests that Dublin is already a very welcoming and close-knit community full of diversity and yes, even illegal immigrants, who have contributed greatly to our little city and that we do not need to create a measure to encourage more illegal immigration. Our city is already bursting at the seams with overcrowded schools and traffic and we need to focus resources on our own citizens.

Obviously this does not affect Pleasanton directly, but since we are sister cities I thought it would be important that Pleasanton residents know this is a possibility. Furthermore, the people who brought forth this measure will eventually move to pass the same to Pleasanton and San Ramon so that the entire Tri-Valley is a sanctuary area.

Please review and sign this petition and pass it onto your family and friends who still value the Tri-Valley being a law abiding, safe, and family-oriented area.

Web Link

Thank you,
Alvin Lui


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm

DJT: I think you know the answer to your own question. Of course I haven't talked with EACH AND EVERY foreign born student.

I know several teachers personally in Pleasanton and Fremont and many of them had to quickly learn how to address tough questions that were coming from children the day after the election. Let's just say they didn't have to answer any of those questions when Bush or Obama were elected.....and in all fairness, Obama deported more people than any other President, but the same type of rhetoric wasn't there.






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Posted by blue bayou
a resident of Avignon
on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Verbiage from Alvin's petition:

"Our city is already bursting at the seams with overcrowded schools and traffic and we need to focus resources on our own citizens"

Alvin..you do realize in our current political climate the above could be construed as hate speech by the SJWs and Nancy Pelosi?

Glad my kids are adults now and done with the PUSD.

10-15 years ago seems like more of us were on the same page and working for the same goals for our children. Not today...divide and conquer is the political rule.


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Posted by Another shocked parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Didn't know the definition of diversity was illegal immigrant.
What a slap in the face for Katie's family, how can you even consider this?
Shame on you.


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Posted by PUSD-tries to scam ICE again
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 28, 2017 at 12:17 pm

With this resolution, you would wonder whether PUSD is just itching to have some school sites and administrative offices and houses owned by the school board members and administrators also seized by the Feds.

I suspect that government entities proposing their offices and property be "sanctuaries" also means that ICE can seize government property as well such as schools and residences of those responsible for declaring them "sanctuaries" and could auction those properties off to the highest bidder.

Since ICE deported the 1900-2000 or so illegal alien "students" with the bogus I-20 / F-1 student visas associated with the PUSD Tri-Valley University, I decided to Google the phrase:

"Seized Real Property in conjunction with ICE" pleasanton ca

Here is what comes up (you can do it yourself at the Google web page). These real properties were just auctioned off and on the treasury.gov web site - - -

Former residence owned by previous PUSD Harvest Park Middle School vice principal Patricia A. Poulos shows up here Web Link on the Department of Treasury website auctioned off a few months ago in March 2016

Former Ruby Hill mansion shows up here Web Link also as auctioned off in March 2016 by the U.S. Government

Former Boulder Court commercial buildings here Web Link and Web Link also as auctioned off just a few weeks on on November 3, 2016 by the U.S. Government


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Posted by Alternative facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm

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I applaud the actions of the school board and am disgusted at how many people in our community lack compassion for the less fortunate. I would love nothing more than to take away the US citizenship of all these people who advocate persecution of these poor undocumented immigrants. Then I'd call ICE on them at 2am so they can be ripped from their nice comfy bed and shipped back to wherever their ancestors came from with nothing more than the pajamas on their back. That would make me so happy.


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Posted by Alternative facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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Common Sense

Where would you be right now if the laws of 1917 were the same as they are today? Still in Greece.

A simply solution to this whole problem is to just grant citizenship to everyone who wants it. Then there would be no more undocumented immigrants.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm

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PUSD has (guessing) 1,500 employees (full and part time, certificated, classified, and management), the vast majority of whom are dedicated to the education of Pleasanton's children. We are a better district for it. We are a great district because of our students and their families who value that education.

While PUSD has its share of problems; the recently passed bond will help to address facility needs and will relieve some of the overcrowding. I believe we are on the right track for fixing some of the personnel issues, and I have great hopes a new superintendent will face any and all challenges head on with honesty, transparency, and much more communication.

The right people and things are in place to take us to the next level, and I don't want us to lose sight of that as we grapple with an ill advised resolution. The board needs to hear from you; please email them if you cannot attend this evening.

Ultimately, actions speak louder than words. All that is needed is for principals to know that anyone or any agency seeking information about any of our children and families must be sent to the district office absent extenuating circumstances or a warrant (and in both those cases, the district should have staff on-site immediately).

We can support everyone in our community, because it is our community, without grand gesture resolutions that get filed away in a book.


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Posted by Alternative facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm

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(Removed because it was disrespectful, directed at a specific commenter and didn't further the conversation)


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Posted by HT
a resident of Danbury Park
on Feb 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm

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Hold on here! We are talking about CHILDREN here. MINORS! They don't cross the border on their own. Their parents bring them here or have them here. If a child is brought here THEY are not the criminals. They should not have the reporcussions of such. They should not live in fear that being in school will cause them or their parents to be deported. If their parents are illegal and they were born here they are US citzens and have rights.

No child should be afraid at school for actions of others outside of their control. When I send my kids to school, I send them with the assurances that they are safe and protected. All children should have that right regardless of what there parents may or may not have done. If you are mad about illegal immigrants - this is NOT the place to place your anger.


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Posted by cbonner
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm

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I think @Alternative Facts is on to something

Why have laws, for instance, against stealing food from a store? Why should we have laws to prevent that if he/she is desperately hungry? How can we judge the hell that person has been through?..We, sitting here on our fat well-fed bottoms in front of our expensive laptops. Who are we to judge?

I feel much more enlightened now.


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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

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@ Alternative facts
So, if I disagree with your PERSONAL belief that the current immigration laws should be disregarded I am a terrible person.

This is political grandstanding at its finest- no one in Pleasanton elected the school board to challenge federal laws...

"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Posted by cbonner
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Feb 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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HT

The so called "rage" and frustration is directed toward a system that is DESPERATELY broken, and the loser politicos that do nothing about it.

You're welcome.


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Posted by Reasonable Minds
a resident of Ponderosa
on Feb 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

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The School District, whether or not a Resolution is passed, has the duty to protect all children their parents have entrusted them. If your children were wrongfully taken from school because ICE believed they were undocumented, how would you feel about picking them up from a detention center? Children have done nothing wrong as their parents brought them here. If you care about your children, you should care about other people's children. All children are human lives.
Our country is a beacon of justice and leader of human rights across the globe that was founded on basic principles of equality and justice: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Illegal immigration is a complex issue. Look at the history of our country and most particularly at the history of our state that was once Mexico and has imprinted in its soul its Hispanic heritage. But even if you choose to ignore all that, Mexican and other foreign workers have been a force that sustained the US economy not only doing back-breaking labor that other US born were not willing to do. Foreign workers were asked to come here decades ago. And they continued coming, searching for a better life because they knew they would be employed here. As recently as 2013, construction companies were pleading with legislators as they continued to be unable to satisfy their labor demand with domestic workers. By paying taxes under assumed names, foreign workers have been unable to accrue benefits. Their contributions have avoided bankruptcy for social security. Considering all this, is easy to understand why the government turned a blind eye.

After you read this, I don’t expect you to change your mind. I only ask you to due your due diligence and look into all the circumstances that surround an issue. Don't just allow hateful rhetoric permeate your thinking processes. In this country made almost entirely of immigrants with their great contributions to society, illegal immigration have also benefited us. There are problems that most be corrected. Criminals must be prosecuted and deported to their different countries of origin. Let’s find a solution but let's do it fairly and humanely. We are the United States, the leader of the world.

Detaining innocent children and their hard working families is simply unethical, immoral, and simply wrong. People who have look after our children, put meat and vegetables on our tables, built and cleaned our homes and buildings, worked in the most degrading jobs, often underpaid and lacking the most basic health coverage deserve our respect and their human rights must be protected.
Harper Lee put it beautifully: "You never really understand a person...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."


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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 28, 2017 at 6:19 pm

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@ resonable minds

Very well written and thanks for adding to the conversation. I think anyone living in California realizes immigration laws need to be revised. I have issues with political grandstanding, hyperbole and attempts to circumvent laws. There are laws my family and business don't like because we view them as unjust but it doesn't mean I can break them...


"The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it."
-Neil deGrasse Tyson


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Posted by Justice for Kate Steinle
a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2017 at 9:08 pm

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Web Link


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Posted by Justice for Kate Steinle
a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2017 at 9:08 pm

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See Justice for Kate Steinle on Facebook.


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Posted by Doc
a resident of Las Positas
on Feb 28, 2017 at 10:03 pm

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I'm the board meeting now. It was clear that this resolution was pre-determined. This board is weak. Listening to them coral read the resolution was the epitome of amateur hour. I left disheartened by this action. Perhaps it is time for some strong charter options in Pleasanton that will challenge them to maintain their ADA. #sad


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

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Bill Brasky and others,

Immigration laws do not need to be changed, they need to be FOLLOWED.

Administration after administration, congress after congress have given lip service to illegal immigration and have basically been paper tigers with regards to enforcement of the laws on the books.

Finally, we have an administration that is willing and able to follow the laws that are on the books and now we have everyone wanting to change the laws? That's a big NOPE!

I'm not in favor of ICE coming in to take any kids out of school, I would like to think they have the good sense to do it after school and do it LAWFULLY. But here's the thing: how many people were talking about this when Elian Gonzales (from Cuba) was being ripped from his Mother during the Clinton administration? I'm willing to bet that the same people not in favor of ICE deporting kids, weren't complaining when Clinton did just that, in a most violent way I might add.

That PUSD is wasting time on this mostly symbolic gesture is yet another indictment of a school district that doesn't have its priorities in-line.

I hope the lot of them get voted out in the their next election.

Dan


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Posted by RU Kiddingmii
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

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The headline is misleading. Truth be told, the resolution was never under consideration - it was a done deal from conception. I feel so much better now that this resolution has passed - not.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

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@Really?
So, what you're saying is, breaking federal law is okay and if American citizens don't like it we're myopic and ethnocentric? That is a totally moronic statement.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

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Fortunately, the vast majority of Pleasanton residents support sensible and responsible legal immigration. It is not racist to follow federal law and it is not diversity to disobey it. This is just another reason the far left continue to lose seats at record pace.


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Posted by Pleasanton Patriot
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Mar 1, 2017 at 5:23 pm

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It is refreshing to see so many Pleasanton residents who respect the laws of our land, defend the Constitution, and reject the PUSD proposal.

They have defended the reasons this proposal should be rejected with clear logic and concise communication versus the usual hysterical, destructive protests that the left seems to use to express themselves.

The PUSD Board was not elected to promote their personal agendas on our schools.

It is unfortunate that they are in a position to influence the minds of our children with actions that include disrespect for the laws. They should be removed from their positions as soon as possible.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm

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My God some of you....what part of ILLEGAL do you not understand? THEY AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE HERE....AT ALL! You cannot condone breaking the law PERIOD!
Doesn't matter the excuse.....if someone breaks into your house and you find them sitting at your kitchen table eating a sandwich do you just let them move in and stay as long as they want, give them money and a ride to school? My God, what the hell is wrong with you? Fortunately, you anarchy enablers are by far the minority in this country and your Ilk are being voted out in record numbers.
Soon you will just be a bad memory and we will be mopping up your mess.


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Posted by alvin_lui
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 2, 2017 at 9:55 am

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Web Link


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Posted by alvin_lui
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 2, 2017 at 9:55 am

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My article to the Dublin patch about why we should continue to respect and obey existing immigration laws: Web Link


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:27 am

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Thank you alvin_lui


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Posted by Bill Brasky
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm

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@alvin_lui

Nice work Alvin, what a great story!
Best wishes going up against Megan Rouse who is probably in the background trying to get this passed. For those who are unaware, she is a Dublin School District Trustee and daughter of John Podesta who was Hillary Clinton's campaign chair this past election.


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Posted by Chuck Bierdeman
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 3, 2017 at 2:14 pm

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All of us agree that immigration policies need to be improved to various degrees.

And it is paramount to consider that we are talking about children here. Friends of our children, children of our friends, and children of our neighbors.

This is a highly uncertain and frightening time for immigrants, those here legally and otherwise, as well as American citizens afraid of being targeted due to their appearance.

The Pleasanton School District is reassuring kids that no matter what they are safe at school. I believe kids need this reassurance of safety in this difficult time no matter where they are from.

Kudos to the school board and superintendent for publicly reminding everyone that Pleasanton schools will remain safe from raids.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 3, 2017 at 3:52 pm

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Chuck Bierdeman, this is nothing more than political grandstanding. Nobody believes that innocent children are going to be swooped down on by the gestapo and taken to gulags....this is all BS from start to finish and you fell for it.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm

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Seems to me all the fear mongering is being done by the left....if kids are scared, it's because the progressives are making ridiculous claims and laws about nothing.
Gotta indoctrinate them young ya know.


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Posted by Chuck Bierdeman
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 4, 2017 at 8:26 am

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"sanity" (if that's even his/her real name lol) says I fell for BS. Ouch. Why the personal attack?

Anyone reading these comments will see there is an extraordinary amount of passion against people who may be here without legal status. These messages aren't written in a manner of rational debate. They are vitriolic and incredibly negative. Anyone who is an immigrant, here legally or not, or who are children of immigrants has good reason to be fearful after reading your words and negative feelings.

Consider this: whether or not ICE raids schools, the FEAR that they will do so exists across the country. The school boards message was simply to reassure children and parents that they can relax and not worry about it happening to their children during school time.

You who say that children do not need to be concerned about ICE raids should read some news articles such as these:

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Let's fix immigration policy and lets do so in a reasoned and thoughtful manner. And while we are at it, lets reassure the children that they can trust their schools to be safe places. Surely they need some assurance of safety when the rest of their world suddenly seems so uncertain.


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm

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Chuck Bierdeman,

"This is a highly uncertain and frightening time for immigrants, those here legally and otherwise, as well as American citizens afraid of being targeted due to their appearance."

LEGAL immigration is not the topic, and has NEVER BEEN.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE BROKEN THE LAW AND THEY SHOULD BE SCARED.

Whether you're from Europe, Africa, Asis or South America...I don't care where your from, go back home and wait in line.

Dan




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Posted by JustHere
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

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>>LEGAL immigration is not the topic, and has NEVER BEEN.

Really? How soon you forgot (or just ignorant). the green card holders who were detained or questioned at airports? Are those not LEGAL immigrants?

thank goodness a few judges stood up to the silly, incompetent EO by what's his name.


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Posted by Michael Austin
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on Mar 4, 2017 at 8:07 pm

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Justhere:

Not all green card holders are free to travel out of and then return to this country.

The green card holders' freedom to travel depends on when the green card was issued and under what circumstances it was issued.

Example: The Tiananmen massacre prompted then president Bush to declare all current Chinese immigrants in the United States to have permanent residence.

That declaration did not necessary free those impacted, to travel and they were detained on return when they ventured out of the country.

If when detained, that returnee cited the Bush EO, they were released and their green card confiscated, and later returned after review at a local immigration office.


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Mar 4, 2017 at 9:36 pm

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Just here,

I believe 150 were detained up to a few hours, this was further clarified and stopped.

So your charge of my ignorance is...well, just flailing.

Thanks for playing.

Dan


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Posted by JustHere
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 5, 2017 at 8:43 am

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MA: I was referring to green card holders returning to the USA; with legit green cards. If you have one you are a PERMANENT resident and the card itself does not expire for 10 years. A green card is a green card; no grades or differences. Folks with green cards were held and that was 100% wrong and the courts agreed immediately.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm

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@ Chuck Bierdeman I'm just sick of the left twisting everything to make it seem okay when it's not. Is it okay to be here Illegally? NO. then GTFO. Period. There is no debate beyond that. If you want to come here legally I am totally fine with it. But dredging up excuses for why it's okay to break the law is irresponsible and reprehensible. PERIOD!


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Posted by Chuck Bierdeman
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm

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Look people! This is about schools being a safe place for all children! No more and no less.

Based on your comments many of you are OK with ICE raids on children in Pleasanton public schools.

So how will that work in your mind?

Imagine the kindergarten class room when the armed ICE agents enter and pull the little girl or boy out of the class. I imagine there will be a lot of fear in his/her eyes, maybe some crying and even shouts of terror. Great experience for all of the legal kids, right?

Or maybe it happens during a school football game. Does ICE ask the refs for a timeout? Or do they simply march onto the field and take the kid away in handcuffs? That would make for some excitement in Pleasanton on a Friday night now wouldn't it.

Maybe a cheerleader. Does she/he get to complete the cheer? Are handcuffs used? What if there is resistance - pepper spray? Batons?

ICE is going to do whatever they do. Keep them out of the schools.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 5, 2017 at 2:03 pm

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@ Chuck Bierdeman so you make my point for me. Thank you.

I have an idea, how about we just respect the law?
We don't need to make a crisis out of every little thing and blow it out of proportion...but that's what the left does.

Example: The post above.

Totally ignored the actual point which is...THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW.
But we get 50 reasons why it's okay to break the law followed by a bunch of BS Hypotheticals designed to garner sympathy for those who are (wait for it)
BREAKING THE LAW.

Don't you get it? Americans are sick and tired of the far left making excuses and ignoring the laws that they don't like. That's why Trump was elected-like him or not- He has said he will enforce Americas laws and that alone resonated enough with the American people that they put him in office-flaws and all- to undo what damage the left has done. This is why the left is being voted out of government at record pace...now you can make all the excuses you want, but you can not argue with the fact that Illegal aliens are breaking the law simply by being here and in order for the law to mean anything at all there has to be consequences.

Your argument is invalid.


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Posted by Chuck Bierdeman
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Mar 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm

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sanity. Our "debate" was never about changing each others minds but rather to provide two sides of the story for the silent observers.

You've actually proved my point. The anger you and others have - maybe even rightfully acquired - has blinded you to the human element here especially as it relates to innocent children. The more compassionate people among us will be the ones to find a reasonable solution to the immigration issue. I think we can now conclude this discussion - at least for me it's over.


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Posted by JustHere
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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Let's see so a majority of the vocal ones who post here believe that minor children that came with 'illegal immigrants' are directly breaking the law to the point ICE can enter a school and remove a minor, who is doing nothing more than learning? Imagine the impact on the children. No, I suspect even ICE isn't that slow to try to attempt said act. Said ICE district supervisor would be relieved of their duties pretty soon after said 'raid' on minors. Not to mention the uproar from parents.
No, schools just need proof of address and that is pretty much it. They are are not in the business of determining who is and isn't here legally.
And does ICE really have the resources to harass minors while in school?


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

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@Chuck,

You're right; ICE isn't going to do raids at schools. Anyone who suggests they should isn't thinking straight.


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Posted by sanity
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 5, 2017 at 3:37 pm

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@Chuck Bierdeman and Justhere:

You further exemplify my point....making excuses for breaking the law and misrepresenting what the law actually says. Man, you just can't get much further off the path of reason can you. This is why your party has become irrelevant.


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