As the fight over California’s immigration laws intensifies, Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra on Friday released a policy guide for school officials that lays out how they can protect students from immigration enforcement on school grounds.
The guide details the steps school officials should take if federal immigration agents try to detain someone on campus, or if a child’s parents have been detained or deported. It also instructs schools on how to shield the immigration status of students and their family members, and illustrates the kinds of court records federal officials must present before entering campuses.
The policies are the result of a new state law that was part of a legislative package passed last year to safeguard immigrants here illegally from President Trump’s call for increased deportations.
The schools guide was unveiled a day after Becerra sent law enforcement agencies their own guidelines on how to follow the state’s immigration laws, one of which the Trump administration is challenging in federal court. The all-Republican Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to try to join the federal lawsuit.
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We at the CA Department of Justice stand by @AsmPatODonnell, @DavidChiu and #AB699 in protecting the rights of undocumented students & their families. CA laws empower schools to welcome all #students, reassuring them of their educational rights. https://t.co/noryTACUkK pic.twitter.com/3vigg7DHoa
— Xavier Becerra (@AGBecerra) March 30, 2018