February 2, 2017

A Message from our CEO, Jorge Lopez

Over the past few weeks, we have seen decisions coming out of the new federal administration that run counter to the values of the AMPS organization. The recent Executive Order targeting individuals from seven nations with a majority Muslim population attacks the foundation of principles and values supporting the value of our immigrant populations. The history of the United States would be none were it not for the blood, sweat, tears, and efforts of immigrants that strived to make a better world for their future generations. As a child of Mexican immigrants, I unwaveringly stand against such decisions that lack contemplation and compassion and am committed to helping support students and their families who may be threatened or affected by such misguided actions.

In moments of unsettling change, we know from past experiences that families and students will look to their schools in search of support. To make it clear, AMPS is a welcoming and inclusive community that is steadfast in our commitment to provide a safe learning environment and support every student in every one of our campus communities — regardless of background, religion, income level, beliefs, identity, country of origin, or immigration status. We find enrichment and strength in our diversity. Our actions have included reaching out proactively to immigrant and civil rights organizations providing legal and other assistance to immigrant students and families and sponsoring forums to offer information to our community. We also have studied and will finalize the adoption of our organization’s stance to protect our students and families information, and ability to attend our schools without fear.

I also want to stress that this executive order does not impact Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. While it is still unclear how the DACA program will be impacted by the new administration, rest assured we will remain vigilant in tracking this issue and advocating on behalf of the students impacted. In our community, you are not alone and as always, we will be here to assist in any way possible.

With the belief in strength in numbers — we stand together.

Sincerely,


Jorge Lopez
Chief Executive Officer
Amethod Public Schools

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