LAUSD votes to ban ICE from campuses

Nely Correa

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board has voted unanimously to ban Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from entering any school campuses without the district’s permission.

According to the Los Angeles Times article “ICE agents won’t be going onto Los Angeles public school campuses,” which was published on Feb. 9, under fed- eral law, all children regardless of their immigration status have the right to attend school.

LAUSD is the country’s second largest school district which has a large immigrant population. Although immigration agents have not gone to schools, many undocu- mented families fear sending their children to school after the recent ICE raid in which more than 120 people were detained.

ICE considers schools and churches to be “sensitive locations” set forth by ICE policy regarding certain enforcement actions by ICE agents, but parents felt like they were putting their own kids at risk. This new policy will not permit ICE to neither enter schools or request student data without clearance from the superintendent and district lawyers.

Superintendent Michelle King has been given 90 days to create a plan for mixed-status families to benefit from resources and information. Parent deportations have also been taken into consideration and a plan for students who undergo those circumstances and an emergency contact is not available is known as “a rapid response network to assist children whose family members have been detained.”

Other school districts nationwide such as the San Francisco Unified School District recently released statements to let families know that ICE will not be allowed on school campuses and students will be safe.