James Tilton, an English teacher at Eastside Highschool in Lancaster, CA sent out a tweet last Tuesday offering a room in his home for students to be able to stay in if their parents are to be deported. 

“Students, I know I’ve talked to some of you about this and mentioned it in class but, in light of recent statements from the President, it feels worth repeating: my wife and I are foster certified and have an extra room if your parents are deported and you need a place to stay,” said Tilton in the tweet.

President Donald Trump on June 17, tweeted out that Immigration and Customs Enforcement were set to deport illegal immigrants in 10 major cities, one of those being Los Angeles. 

“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” said Trump.”They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

Tilton and his wife are foster certified and have made this offer to his students before. ”The offer is one just for students and former students of mine and I wish I could do more,” said Tilton. ”I’ve made this offer before to students in person in my classes, so it’s not a new offer for them.” 

Tilton sent out the tweet to communicate to former and current students who he could not see in person due to summer break. “I’ve decided to put it on Twitter since it’s summertime and it got a few retweets and thought it would end there,” said Tilton. 

In the span of a few hours the tweet was shared over 30,000 times and has over 89,000 likes. 

“The fact that people want to focus on me, I want to do as much as I can to put the focus on the people actually impacted, the people are actually doing the work better than I have been,” said Tilton. ”Not only that but to encourage those people to just not like share and post a positive comment but to get involved themselves.” 

Many have responded to Tilton on Twitter showing their appreciation for his gesture.  

“Bless you and your wife for opening your home in the way,” said Mariana Preciado. ”I don’t know anyone else who would.”

“Thank you so much for everything you do Mr. Tilton you and your wife have huge hearts and this is the reason why I look up to you,” said Cynthia Reyes.”You inspire me to do great things and I hope to be like you one day.”

Even though Tilton has offered his students a room to stay in the case if their parents were to face deportation, he hopes it remains empty.

“I hope that room stays empty –– if a student ever comes into that room, it will be the worst day of their lives,” said Tilton. 

Written ByJorge Ventura

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