Wednesday, June 28, 2017

LA School Board Votes to Ban Immigration Officers from Campus

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles school board voted unanimously to protect families from immigration raids by prohibiting immigration officers from entering a campus without superintendent authorization. Under this protection, the superintendent will also have to consult with local lawyers before giving immigration officers clearance.

“L.A. Unified is basically saying fear stops at [our] door,” said Ref Rodriguez, a school board member who co-sponsored the resolution.

The Los Angeles school board oversees the second-largest school system in the country, and it has been publicly critical of the Trump Administration. Any officers attempting to come onto the campus with a valid subpoena will be restricted entry until they have received clearance.

“This is an important opportunity for [the Los Angeles Unified School District] to be a model for the state and for the nation,” Sylvia Torres-Guillén, director of education equity for American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California. ACLU maintains that this comprehensive resolution can stand as a model for other states in the U.S.

The Trump administration has slammed sanctuary cities for attempting to bypass the government’s crackdown efforts. The LA school board’s decision comes just as the Trump administration steps up efforts in mass deportation.

The Hill Latino