Senators Moore and Gomes Call on Bridgeport Public Schools to Remain a Safe Haven for Students
Bridgeport, CT—State Senators Ed Gomes and Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport) were among the over 100 of community members who rallied Monday night, calling on Bridgeport’s City Council to declare Bridgeport a Sanctuary City. The Council sent the resolution to the Public Safety subcommittee for discussion.
The fight continues on Tuesday night, with another rally ahead of the Board of Education special meeting, where a discussion and possible approval of recognition of a Safe Haven School District will take place.
Senator Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), Senate chairwoman of the Children Committee, released the following statement ahead of tonight’s Board of Education meeting.
“For too long, Bridgeport’s undocumented immigrant students and children of undocumented immigrant parents have lived in fear of being separated from their families through deportation,” said Sen. Moore. “This is a burden no child should bear. Our schools should be a safe haven for all students, regardless of their citizenship status. Educators in this city have a responsibility to teach our children, but also to ensure that schools remain a safe, secure, welcoming environment for everyone.”
Senator Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport) released the following statement.
“Last night’s council decision was the first step towards protecting undocumented immigrants in this city from President Donald Trump’s harmful immigration policies. Bridgeport will not turn its back on its neighbors,” Sen. Gomes said. “But we also need to make sure our undocumented students can attend school every day without having to worry about whether or not they will be reported to federal immigration officials. Making Bridgeport a Safe Haven School District will reassure our immigrant community their children are safe in our schools.”