DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Watch Now Instead of spending one of the last days of school in the classroom, a group of about 60 Douglas County High School students spent their time protesting the state’s new immigration law.
“We wanna be somewhere in our lives,” said student Jose Flores. “We are the future.”
The group included some students brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents when they were young.”
I was brought here when I was 6 years old from Mexico,” said student Jorge Lopez.
“I was brought here across the desert.”
Lopez and his mother were granted visas in the last month, after more than a decade in the country illegally. Lopez said he will continue to speak out for his friends and family members who haven’t had that chance.
“We’re not asked to come here,” said Lopez. “We’re brought here.”
The governor’s office has previously said illegal immigrants cost the state $2 billion each year, including costs spent to educate illegal students. Samantha Morales said the new law will cost families even more. Her father was deported last year after he was pulled over during a traffic stop.
“Now I’m here with my mom by myself,” said Morales. “She’s worked so hard to give me everything.
“The students said they’re not concerned with potential punishments they may get for missing class. More than 100 students were suspended at Lithia Springs High School after a similar demonstration late last week. Tamara Hernandez’s son was one of those students. She said it’s unfair for the school district to tarnish the kids’ school records over something like this.
“The kids just want to be heard,” said Hernandez. “
A lot of these kids are worried every day about their parents, what’s going to happen to them, where are they going to go.”
I was unclear immediately after the rally what the punishments will be for the students involved, but the principal said skipping class for any reason can result in suspension.