After fears of immigration raids, enrollment 'back to normal' in Greenfield schools
Concerns over immigration raids this week in the Salinas Valley are beginning to subside. The fear of deportation grew out of rumors following a high-profile arrest in the City of Greenfield.
A number of parents in Greenfield kept their kids out of school on Monday over fears the federal government might raid the facilities.
Rolando Bonilla is the spokesperson for the Greenfield Union School District. He says parents listened to rumors in the community following the arrest last week of a prominent local leader. The school district quickly worked to educate parents that the law enforcement incident in no way affected operations within the district.
"Since that engagement on the ground we have seen that things have kind of come back to normal and that we're in a consistent place in terms of overall enrollment numbers," said Bonilla.
Andres Cruz García was taken into custody on Thursday and is being held in the Monterey County Jail. His bail is set at two million dollars. The Monterey County District Attorney's Office says the arrest is part of a ten month investigation into accusations of extortion within the Triqui community.
Triqui is an indigenous tribe in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and members have made Greenfield their home for many years.