ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Public School District (APS) said there has been widespread fear among students that their parents may not be there when they get home. They are worried president-elect Donald Trump will have them deported.
The district is reaching out to families and addressing their concerns. APS has a large immigrant population, it said it was surprised by the amount of families who visited schools after the election — scared about their future.
“They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” said Trump.
It’s statements like that, that have many APS students scared about Donald Trump taking over.
“They say my friend told me he doesn’t like Mexican people,” said Bertha Campos, a concerned APS parent.
Some younger students are afraid their parents may get deported.
“When you finish school, she is going to come and pick you up,” said Campos.
Other students have a lot of questions.
“Where do we fit in?,” said Samia Assed, a concerned APS parent.
The district said it knows it’s not its place to comment on the election.
“We teach history, civics and American government, we don’t teach politics,” said Monica Armenta, Executive Director of Communications, Albuquerque Public Schools.
But APS said it can’t avoid the concerns it has been hearing across campuses. So the district is sending home a letter to all APS families Thursday, asking parents to talk with their children.
“Parents in their own homes can make a decision about what kinds of information their kids have access to right now,” said Armenta.
APS is also offering resources.
“With counselors and teachers who are ready to help their students if they feel anxious,” said Armenta.
And reassuring families that APS cannot report students who are here illegally.
“We are a safehaven, where all students are welcomed, wanted and respected,” said Armenta.
Parents KRQE News 13 spoke with said they have been trying their best to help their kids make sense of what is going on.
“I always stress the fact that we are Americans,” said Assed.
“Don’t be scared, your mom and your dad is going to be good,” said Campos.
APS is a minority majority district. About 80 percent of students are minorities.
APS is also preparing for possible student walk-outs that we have been seeing in other cities across the country.