I Have Children Crying In The Classroom

March 9, 2017
Photo Credit: LA Johnson | NPR

By: Anya Kamenetz | NPR

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A representative from Mayor Bill de Blasio's office speaks, followed by representatives of legal-assistance and community groups. During the Q&A, one woman broke into tears as she described, in Spanish, her fears of deportation.

There are many tears these days, says the woman who initiated this event, the school's parent coordinator, Christian Rodriguez.

"I have children crying in the classroom, crying in my office," she says. "When I ask them, 'Why are you crying?' They have expressed to me that they don't want their moms to be apprehended and taken away from them. It's something heavy on my heart."