- School districts from Pennsylvania to California seek to protect undocumented students
- Chicago schools to deny immigration agents without warrants access to district buildings and personnel
(CNN)Chicago Public Schools say they will deny federal immigration agents access to district buildings and personnel unless served with a criminal warrant, the latest in a series of steps taken by US school officials to protect undocumented students.
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- In Colorado, Denver Public Schools last week passed a resolution saying in part that the school board's general counsel "will not grant access to our students unless the official presents a valid search warrant issued by a federal or state judge or magistrate." "The resolution stresses Denver Public Schools will do everything in our lawful power to protect our students' confidential information and ensure that our students' learning environments are not disrupted by immigration enforcement activity," Superintendent Tom Boasberg wrote on the school system's website. "I want to highlight that we have not had nor do we have any information that leads us to believe there will be immigration actions at our schools. Federal guidelines continue to provide that schools are sensitive places where immigration enforcement should not take place, and we will continue to advocate for those guidelines to remain in place. We do not want to create any additional fear or panic in our communities."
- In Pittsburgh, school officials last month passed a resolution requiring that all ICE requests "must be processed through the Law Department and the Office of the Superintendent," according to public schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh. "Schools will not permit ICE officials to access any students, without having contacted the Law Department with all relevant documentation."
- The Houston Independent School District Board of Education declared its support for undocumented students in a resolution passed earlier this month. "Our schools will continue to be safe and positive learning environments that promote student learning and development versus discrimination and fear," HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said in a statement.
- In Eugene, Oregon, the school board passed a resolution this month denying "law enforcement ... access (to) private areas of school property or (to) take a student from school for the purpose of immigration law enforcement without parental permission, court order, or other legal authority."
- The Austin, Texas, Independent School District, has instructed personnel "to request ID and proof (law enforcement agents) have obtained permission to conduct enforcement at a school, such as a written directive by a superior or a signed warrant," according to the district's website."Undocumented children and children of undocumented parents have the same right to attend Austin ISD as do other US citizens and permanent residents," the district said in a message to students and parents this week.
- In Los Angeles, the board of the country's second-largest school system in November approved a resolution affirming the district's "safe zones" policy, which instructs staff to not allow federal immigration agents into schools without the approval of district lawyers. The policy declares all campuses as "safe zones and resource centers" for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement.
- In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Board of Education in December approved a resolution reaffirming its status as a "sanctuary school district," protecting student privacy and confidentiality and refusing immigration agents access to schools and other properties. "We will only allow lawful ICE contact with our students, which includes a properly executed warrant," Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica Garcia said in a statement.