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"Know your rights" class attendance spikes in CA immigrant community

Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 09:40:11-05

Immigrant communities across the country are afraid for what executive order may come next which could affect them or their families.

A community education program known as Universidad Popular (Spanish for People's University) in Vista, CA has put special emphasis lately on knowing your rights as some worry they could come under attack.

The community is predominantly Latino.

Class leaders report attendance has spiked since President Trump's election.

Attendees include U.S. born citizens, legal immigrants and undocumented immigrants.

This week's class focused on knowing one's rights when dealing with police or immigration enforcement.

It's a topic that has made even some longtime U.S. residents uneasy.

"This community is strong and ... is willing to actaully rise up and start attending classes like this to know more about their rights," said student turned instructor Alonzo Martinez. "(To) put in practice how to better the community, to show the world that we're not what the president says about us."

The class is taught in Spanish. Instructors say non-English speakers have fewer resources to prove or disprove rumors they hear or read about on social media.