The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the U.S., took steps on Tuesday to ensure that its students are protected from immigration raids that could occur at schools. The vote taken by board members decided that even when provided with subpoenas, school staff may not let immigration officers on school grounds without the permission of the district superintendent. Additionally, training programs for staff and faculty on how to properly deal with ICE officials will be implemented.
Although LAUSD already had provisions of these sort in place, after months of working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the new directive clarifies the specific guidelines for school faculty to follow. The official vote taken by members of the school board solidify the hard stance taken against federal immigration policy, and promote the concept that all children deserve an education, whether documented or not.
Our Verdict: Sylvia Torres-Guillén, director of education equity for ACLU California, said, “this is an important opportunity for LAUSD to be a model for the state and the nation” (LA Times). Many other school districts have already made similar provisions, and hopefully others will follow this precedent to protect their students, making school a place in which children can thrive without fear of deportation.