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Federal Policy on Immigration Actions Near Schools - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

Federal Policy on Immigration Actions Near Schools - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education):

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Asks Federal Authorities to Clarify Policy on Immigration Actions Near Schools


SACRAMENTO – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, as part of his efforts to ensure parents and students feel safe at schools regardless of their immigration status, today asked federal law enforcement authorities to explain if they are changing a policy that had avoided immigration actions near schools.
Torlakson wrote a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and requested information if the agency is still following the “Sensitive Locations” guidance, which directs federal agents to generally avoid enforcement activities at schools, school bus stops, college and universities, and other education-related locations.
His letter was prompted by the need to inform school leaders in California, but also by his alarm at an action taken in late February by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who took Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, a 48-year-old father of four, into custody after he dropped off one of his daughters at Academia Avance public charter school in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
His 13-year-old daughter was in the car and videotaped the event as she cried, and the images and sounds gained viral attention. Federal authorities said he was arrested for past, nonviolent misdemeanor convictions and an immigration violation.
“I have consistently told students and their families that they must feel safe and protected at our schools, especially families who are refugees, Muslims, or undocumented immigrants,” Torlakson said. “Recent actions by federal law enforcement agents around schools have raised serious concerns.”
If the Sensitive Locations guidance is changing and will affect public schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) needs that information to communicate accurately with the state’s 6.2 million public school students and their families and more than 10,000 public schools, Torlakson said.


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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100
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El Superintendente Estatal de Instrucción Pública Tom Torlakson pide a las autoridades federales que aclaren la política sobre las acciones de inmigración cerca de las escuelas




SACRAMENTO - El Superintendente Estatal de Instrucción Pública Tom Torlakson, como parte de sus esfuerzos para asegurar que los padres y estudiantes se sientan seguros en las escuelas independientemente de su estatus migratorio, hoy pidió a las autoridades federales de la ley que expliquen si están cambiando una política que había evitado las acciones migratorias cerca escuelas.



Torlakson escribió una carta al Secretario de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos, John Kelly, y solicitó información si la agencia sigue siguiendo la guía de "Ubicaciones Sensibles", que dirige a los agentes federales para evitar generalmente las actividades de aplicación en las escuelas, paradas de autobuses escolares, -relacionadas.



Su carta fue motivada por la necesidad de informar a los líderes escolares de California, pero también por su alarma por una acción tomada a finales de febrero por agentes de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) que tomaron a Romulo Avelica-González, un padre de 48 años de edad Cuatro, en la custodia después de que él cayó una de sus hijas en la escuela charter pública de Academia Avance en el vecindario de Lincoln Heights de Los Ángeles.



Su hija de 13 años estaba en el coche y grabó en video el evento mientras lloraba, y las imágenes y sonidos adquirieron atención viral. Las autoridades federales dijeron que fue arrestado por convicciones de delitos menores no violentos y una violación de inmigración.



"Siempre he dicho a los estudiantes y sus familias que deben sentirse seguros y protegidos en nuestras escuelas, especialmente las familias que son refugiados, musulmanes o inmigrantes indocumentados", dijo Torlakson. "Las acciones recientes de los agentes de la ley federales alrededor de las escuelas han planteado serias preocupaciones".



El Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) necesita esa información para comunicarse con precisión con los 6,2 millones de estudiantes de escuelas públicas del estado y sus familias y más de 10,000 escuelas públicas, dijo Torlakson.



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Tom Torlakson - Superintendente Estatal de Instrucción Pública

División de Comunicaciones, Sala 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100



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