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More than a dozen students and representatives from the Tucson and Sunnyside school districts gathered Wednesday at Catalina Magnet High School to announce their support for undocumented students.

Both districts passed resolutions in support of National Educators Coming Out Day — celebrated Wednesday in cities throughout the nation.

In the resolutions, the districts vowed to support students and help them pursue higher eduction regardless of their immigration status.

In its resolution, Sunnyside designated ,000 in “donated funds” to be used to provide ten ,000 scholarships for eligible undocumented students to use to attend Pima Community College.

The press conference Wednesday was organized by Scholarships A-Z, a local group that provides scholarships and resources to students regardless of immigration status.

Jessica Garcia, a Pima Community College student who works for Scholarships A-Z, said she hopes other districts follow TUSD’s and Sunnyside’s lead to “provide the resources for undocumented students in their classrooms.”

Garcia, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico eight years ago, said she was fortunate to have an educator at Sunnyside High School who helped her find resources to attend college.

Her two younger sisters didn’t have the same support and had to delay their higher education by a year, she said.

“I stress that we owe them the opportunity to reach the stars, to reach as far as they can get regardless of immigration status, regardless of their status of being undocumented,” said Jim Fish, the executive director for student equity and intervention at TUSD. “These are students who are in our country and who have the right as every citizen to have the best education that we can give them.”


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