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California’s top education official denounced Trump decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 

“Our country made an honest deal with these students — study hard, earn your degree and you will get a fair chance to compete for college,” state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement. “We should keep deals, not break them.”

Torlakson said the students covered by DACA enhance California overall. “Their hard work, energy, dedication and diverse backgrounds help them contribute to our economy,” he said. About 217,000 children in California are Dreamers, according to the California Department of Education.

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President Trump is expected to announce Tuesday whether he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, people familiar with the plans say.

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UC Irvine students and members of Chabad on Campus dance around Rabbi Blue, with guitar, after Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted a pro-Israeli film screening in May 2016.
UC Irvine students and members of Chabad on Campus dance around Rabbi Blue, with guitar, after Students for Justice in Palestine disrupted a pro-Israeli film screening in May 2016. (Don Leach / Daily Pilot)

A pro-Palestinian student group at UC Irvine is appealing its punishment in response to a protest during an Israeli veterans panel on campus in May.

University administrators gave the Students for Justice in Palestine two years of probation, 12 mandatory meetings to discuss free speech and a requirement to meet with administrators two weeks before hosting any event.

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Ankur Dhawan’s 6-year-old daughter walked into the living room one day in June and told her family she’d learned in school that you could be a girl in a boy’s body. Her classmate was one of those girls, she said.

She began to learn her way around the subject when her teacher at her Northern California charter school, Rocklin Academy Gateway, read from the book “I am Jazz,” co-written by transgender teenager Jazz Jennings. Earlier that week the teacher had told the class to refer to their classmate as a girl, by a new name.

(Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times)

They aren’t children, they aren’t perfect and — no matter what happens in Washington — they aren’t going to cower in the shadows anymore.

Some of them don’t even like the evocative label “Dreamers,” finding it as stigmatizing as the “model minority” stereotype that raises the hackles of so many Asian Americans.

“There’s this definition of a ‘dreamer’ that you are this perfect, good immigrant, but the reality is, everybody has a different story,” said David Buenrostro, who was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 4 and grew up in South El Monte. He also thinks it stigmatizes the parents who brought children to the U.S. for a better life.

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For Dr. Carmen Puliafito and a group of younger people he befriended, life was a photo op.

Partying in Las Vegas or shopping at Target, pumping gas or playing cards, the dean of USC’s medical school and his younger companions captured their time together on camera. They snapped photos and filmed videos of wholesome activities — cuddling a litter of kittens, cheering on the Dodgers — with the same gusto that they recorded hotel room orgies and drug binges.

In the wake of revelations about Puliafito’s double life, USC has taken a strong interest in these images. A private investigator working on behalf of the university last month repeatedly contacted a former member of the group, a recovering addict from Orange County, in an effort to obtain pictures and videos of the former dean.

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An alleged gang member was arrested Thursday in connection with a brutal assault that left a San Pedro teenager hospitalized and comatose earlier this year, authorities said.

Jaymel Williams, 20, was arrested early Thursday morning in Long Beach on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the March 30 attack, according to Sgt. Ricky Osburn of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lomita station.

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As hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected under an Obama-era program anxiously await President Trump’s decision on whether to end it — which some reports say could come as early as Friday — schools and universities across California have launched rapid response teams, stepped up legal support, issued messages of solidarity and called on Trump to allow students who are in the country without legal status to continue their educations without fear of deportation.

At the Los Rios Community College District, which includes Sacramento City College, campus officials said they have convened a rapid response team in preparation for any changes to the federal program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

“By working together, we can and will continue to ensure that our colleges are safe places for ALL students to pursue their dreams," District Chancellor Brian King wrote in an email to the community. “Just like our efforts on emergency response preparedness, we may not know how and when a crisis will present itself for our students, but we have a responsibility to be ready for all potential scenarios.”

(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The call they had been waiting for came just before the sun set on a blazing day.

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez told his wife, Norma, that he was finally getting out of the immigration detention facility.

“Your dad is out!” she told her four daughters.