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Teachers Union Leader, Utahn, Backs Clinton At Convention

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, is perhaps the only Utahn to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. She told the crowd America’s educators are with Hillary Clinton. 

Lily Eskelsen Garcia is the first Latina to lead the NEA, which is the nation’s largest labor union. She was also the first Hispanic to run for Congress in Utah. Garcia said too many students are bringing their stress to school, telling teachers they worry their families might be deported. 

“Hillary Clinton believes in keeping families together,” Garcia said. “She believes in our dreamers. She believes that educators should be focused on education, not deportation.”

Garcia was quick to distinguish Clinton from her Republican challenger on this issue.

“Donald Trump sees immigrants as criminals, as drug dealers, as rapists,” Garcia says. “He says he’d round up families and deport them. He’ll build a wall. We’re better than that. Our kids deserve better than that.”

Garcia was among five labor leaders who took the stage Monday. 

Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West.
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