Students Walk Out Of Class Over Immigration Law
“We are the voice of the future!” shouted one student who joined the crowd just after 2 p.m.
Students said they are also protesting a ban on undocumented students attending certain colleges and universities that would have to turn away other qualified students.
“Hopefully by this, we can demonstrate that we only want an education, we care about our education and nothing but that,” said Jorge Lopez, an 11th-grader who said he is currently in the country on a visa.
Police and school officials stood by as the students protested.
A Douglas County Schools representative told Channel 2s Manuel Bojorquez that the students could face disciplinary action, including suspension, since they skipped class.
The law allows police to check the legal status of certain suspects and forces some businesses to check the status of potential employees.
Supporters said the law is necessary to help Georgia deal with negative effects of illegal immigration.
Opponents feel the law could lead to racial profiling and hurt Georgia’s economy if the immigrant workforce leaves.
“We’re doing what we’re supposed to; we have to defend our rights,” said student Jose Flores, who indicated he was prepared to face the consequences for Wednesday’s school protest.