L.A. Unified Reasserts Its Commitment to Protect Immigrant Families Against Raids

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The family of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez consults with an attorney outside an L.A. police station after he was taken into custody after dropping off one of his children at school. (Credit: Andrea Castillo / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles school board on Tuesday unanimously approved a set of policies that board members said would provide families with a higher level of protection from federal immigration raids.

Among the safeguards in the sweeping set of guidelines: No immigration officers will be allowed on campus without clearance from the superintendent of schools, who will consult with district lawyers. Until that happens, they won’t be let in, even if they arrive with a legally valid subpoena.

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

The nation’s second-largest school system has been loud and clear since Donald Trump was elected president in November and vowed to strictly enforce immigration laws. The board approved a similar resolution in February, which also called for the superintendent’s intervention as well as for mandatory training for staff and workshops for families.

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