The nation’s second-largest school system on Tuesday sent a message to President-elect Donald Trump: Los Angeles’ public schools will continue to be “safe zones” for students in the U.S. illegally.
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted to approve a resolution reaffirming L.A. Unified’s current policy, which directs school staff members not to allow federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents onto school campuses unless their visit has been approved by the superintendent and the district’s lawyers. Board members also seconded a policy that protects the immigration information and identities of students, family members and school staff.
Board members also agreed to write a joint letter to Trump “affirming the American ideals that are celebrated in Los Angeles.”
In the past, these policies have been largely symbolic — ICE considers schools and churches to be “sensitive” locations and does not carry out raids in schools, according to the agency.
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