No one expected the so-called “immigration crisis” to create so much fear among the American people. But, it appears that one industry is being hard-hit by the immigration reforms, bans and proposed plans that no one expected… schools systems. NYC schools are preparing for battle with ICE, to protect their students at all costs.
Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio announced that the City of New York has ordered all staff members at NYC schools to not allow ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents to come into school buildings.
Principals of the New York City schools were issued new policies in regards to how to handle immigration agents. They are to turn them away, unless they have a warrant. The warrant must be signed by a judge, and validated by city attorneys.
Mayor de Blasio does admit that there have been no incidents, so far, where ICE agents have attempted to get into any of the city’s schools. But, there’s major fear among parents who fear their children may be targeted by immigration agents. So, the city feels it’s vitally important to have clear rules already in place, just in case.
“We want to be very clear to parents that we’re not allowing ICE agents in the building, because I think parents are so afraid right now. They’re worried that an agent could literally come into the building and single out their child.”
He notes that the amount of fear around him in regards to immigration is tremendous. It’s a critical time for Americans and immigrants, both legal and illegal. So, it’s important that they “be ready for anything” when it comes to protecting the children of New York City.
ICE agents will be kept outside the building while school safety officers and the principal summon NYPD officials and city lawyers for help, officials said.
The Department of Education, which does not track students’ immigration status, will not provide any information to ICE unless required to by law.
De Blasio said it would be illegal for ICE to enter school buildings by force if refused entry by city law enforcement.
“This is our building. We control the building,” he said. “They can’t just blow by security. They have to follow our rules.”
If ICE presents a valid warrant, they’ll be allowed to execute it, but monitored to make sure they’re only in areas of the building permitted by the judge, officials said.
The announcement was made as part of a day of action by mayors of cities around the country against President Trump’s immigration policies.
“This is your city. Your city will stand by you. Your city will protect you,” de Blasio said.
The city is also hosting 100 workshops at schools to teach students, parents and staff about their rights.
DOE is instructing principals to update their emergency information cards, so they’ll know who to contact if kids go home and find their parents have been arrested by federal agents.
“That is in reality probably more likely” than agents targeting schools, said Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Farina said amid fear of widespread deportations, parents should know it’s safe to send their kids to school.
“The best place to send your children on a day to day basis is your school. We need to have kids in school every single day because this is the place of learning. You came to this country for a better life for your children, and being in school is what’s going to get them there,” she said.