LAUSD pulls fundraiser from Donald Trump's golf course after immigration comments

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Thursday, July 9, 2015
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The Los Angeles Unified School District decided to pull out of hosting its eighth annual "Beyond the Bell" golf classic at the Trump National Golf Club in light of Donald Trumps' recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Unified School District decided to pull out of hosting its eighth annual "Beyond the Bell" golf classic at the Trump National Golf Club in light of Donald Trumps' recent remarks about Mexican immigrants.

This is the second time within a week that Trump's remarks have affected business at the course, which is located in Rancho Palos Verdes.

"We just couldn't abide by that. One because of the comments made in a manner which negatively affected our communities, but two it was also a realization that it would have negatively affected our ability to do some fundraising and find sponsors," said Alvaro Cortes, executive director of "Beyond the Bell."

Legendary basketball star Kareen Abdul-Jabbar is a big supporter of "Beyond the Bell," which provides before and after-school academic and recreational programs to 160,000 students every day.

Jabbar agrees with the district's decision to pull out.

In a letter, an official at Trump's golf club said the LAUSD's $7,500 deposit for the event will not be returned.

"To take $7,500 from us doesn't seem like a lot to some people, but for us it's a lot of money."