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History professor speaks at State Capitol in support of refugee children

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UC Santa Cruz Professor of History Dana Frank testified yesterday in Sacramento to support a California State Assembly resolution on the treatment of refugees from Central America.

Frank spoke in favor of House Resolution 51, which was passed by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a near unanimous bi-partisan vote.

The resolution calls for the humane treatment of migrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador who are coming to the U.S. border without their parents, fleeing from extreme violence, sexual assault, and political corruption to seek refuge in California.

“These children are not running toward the United States to gain some mythical American Dream,” said Frank. “They are fleeing terrifying and proliferating violence, gangs, and poverty, and, I would like to underscore here, state-sponsored terror.”

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