LAUSD Makes It Harder for Immigration Officials to Enter Schools

LAUSD Makes It Harder for Immigration Officials to Enter Schools

The board of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) approved a set of policies in recent months that are designed to provide families with more protection against federal immigration raids. Fear of being detained for the purposes of deportation has increased among immigrant families since the beginning of 2017, given the Trump administration’s strong emphasis on the detention and deportation of immigrants with no legal status. The guidelines that now govern the nation’s second-largest school system include the prohibition of immigration officers from school campuses without clearance of the superintendent of schools, in consultation with LAUSD attorneys. School administrators are not to let Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents into school buildings until receiving clearance, even if the ICE agents have a valid subpoena. The LAUSD guidelines were developed in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of California, who hopes that the guidelines will serve as a model for school districts across the state and nationwide. All LAUSD teachers and staff are being trained on what to say and do if immigration agents arrive at their doors. Likewise, LAUSD will offer workshops for families with concerns about being present in the country without a legal immigration status. Anxiety about potential arrest, detention, and deportation rose significantly for families in February after a local father was apprehended by ICE while dropping his daughter off at school. Many immigrant families and school staff alike spoke to the LAUSD board about the negative effects on children of living in constant fear of deportation and the break-up of the families. In enacting these guidelines, LAUSD hopes to remove or at least relieve some of these fears for children in their schools. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., has the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges, which are becoming more and more common each day. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.
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