Los Angeles Schools Vow To Protect Illegal Students And Parents

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A Los Angeles school district passed a resolution Tuesday aimed at reaffirming their commitment to protecting illegal immigrant students from Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

The Los Angeles Unified school district resolution, proposed by two board members, passed unanimously, reports Los Angeles Daily News.

The resolution is a continuation from a 2016 measure that made LA schools “safe spaces” for illegal immigrants. The school is banned from asking students and parents whether they are illegal or not under the revised resolution. School district employees can decline to help work with immigration officers within the bounds of the law.

“We know that there are things beyond our capacity, so we are not offering any undocumented students or their families or an employee a magic bullet,” Monica Garcia, a board member behind the resolution, explained.

The district will work with other legal organizations to teach them how to interact with immigration officials, guide them to proper legal representation and create a network to help illegal immigrant families who might get detained.

The vote on the resolution comes after ICE officials arrested Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, a student’s father, in February. ICE officials said they went after Avelica-Gonzalez, an illegal immigrant, because he had a 2009 DUI conviction and a 2014 removal order.

“This act of noncooperation follows in an important history of noncooperation with unjust laws, unjust actions that are contrary to our Constitution and contrary to our value system, but also contrary to our mission as a school district,”  Steve Zimmer, the board’s president, said.

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