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LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Latest on a vote by Las Vegas-area school trustees to declare the Clark County School District an immigration safe haven for students regardless of citizenship status. (all times local):

8 p.m.

School trustees in Las Vegas have approved a measure that its sponsor called a reaffirmation of existing policy that students and families have immigration safe haven regardless of their citizenship status.

An overflow crowd turned out for the Thursday vote that Clark County School District board member Carolyn Edwards called a response to President Donald Trump’s promises to deport people living in the U.S. without legal permission.

One grandmother, Vicenta Montoya, told trustees that a 9-year-old girl she reads with after school told her about 4th grade students taunting classmates that they now face deportation.

Edwards said the measure reinforces protection for children of immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act that former President Barack Obama renewed with a signing ceremony at a Las Vegas high school in November 2014.

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3 p.m.

School trustees in Las Vegas, where almost half the students are Hispanic, are being asked to declare an immigration safe haven for students regardless of their citizenship status.

Clark County School District board member Carolyn Edwards is proposing a resolution on Thursday that she calls a response to President Donald Trump’s promises to deport people living in the U.S. without legal permission.

Edwards says she doesn’t know how the other six other board members will vote.

She says she wants to reinforce protections for children of immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order that former President Barack Obama signed at a Las Vegas high school in November 2014.

The fifth-largest public school district in the U.S. reports that 46 percent of its 322,000 students are of Hispanic heritage.

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