Californians for Human Immigrant Rights Leadership (CHIRLA) Action Fund Endorses Tony Thurmond

Press Release

Los Angeles, Calif. – FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2018 – The Californians for Human Immigrant Rights Leadership (CHIRLA) Action Fund today announced their endorsement of Assemblymember Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“We are pleased to endorse Tony Thurmond, a candidate who is committed to advancing education for all and who will represent the needs of all of our communities regardless of immigration status,” said CHIRLA Action Fund Board Chair Angelica Salas. “We are in a moment of crisis with the inability to move immigration legislation forward and the uncertainty of an administration bent on mass deportation. With a clear vision that is inclusive and welcoming, Mr. Thurmond's leadership can make a difference in the lives of immigrant students in California.”

Thurmond has been a strong advocate for immigrants in California. In the state legislature, Thurmond has provided direct funding to support naturalization and hiring more bilingual educators. With Senator Ricardo Lara, Thurmond led the effort to ensure undocumented children have access to healthcare, and he coauthored the legislation to make California a Sanctuary State.

“My mother was an immigrant from Panama, and I was raised in an immigrant woman-led household,” said Thurmond. “My story is what is possible when we support immigrant families and we provide all of our kids with quality public education and services. I will not stay silent while President Trump disrespects and tears apart immigrant families. I will continue to use my power as an elected leader to protect our immigrant and undocumented children and families, and to provide economic opportunities for all immigrants through education.”

Most recently, the Governor signed Thurmond’s legislation to expand dual language education. AB 2514 will provide resources directly to school districts to invest in new and existing dual language immersion programs in preschool and grades K-12. Thurmond’s leadership to serve English Language Learners is critical at a time when Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed dismantling the federal Office for English Language Learners.

CHIRLA Action Fund joins civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, the California Legislative Latino Caucus, and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE-PAC) in endorsing Tony Thurmond for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.


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