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Los Angeles school district cancels event at Trump course

Business mogul Donald Trump announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. The LAUSD has cancelled a fundraiser at his golf course in Southern California because of his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
Business mogul Donald Trump announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. The LAUSD has cancelled a fundraiser at his golf course in Southern California because of his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
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The Los Angeles Unified School District has cancelled a fundraiser at Donald Trump's golf course in Southern California because of his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.

The district planned a November event at Trump National Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes. Last year's event raised $60,000 for Beyond the Bell, the district's afterschool program, according to the Associated Press.

The district told KPCC the golf course has refused to return a $7,500 deposit. By Thursday, Wetzel’s Pretzels stepped up to cover the $7,500 cost. 

Organizations and businesses have distanced themselves from Trump since he gave a presidential campaign speech that portrayed Mexican immigrants as criminals.

More than 70 percent of students in the nation's second-largest school district identify as Hispanic and Beyond the Bell Executive Director Alvaro Cortes calls Trump's remarks "unconscionable," AP reported.

Trump representatives didn't immediately return requests for comment, said AP.

LAUSD is holding a 2:30 p.m. press conference Thursday that will be attended by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose organization was one of those for which the golf tournament was raising funds.