Los Angeles is Making it Harder for Immigration Officers to Enter its Schools

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The city of Los Angeles just made it difficult for immigration authorities to enter its schools for any reason.

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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved policies that are expected to provide families with more protection from federal immigration raids. Under the new guidelines, no immigration officers are allowed on campus without obtaining prior clearance from the superintendent of schools, who will first speak with district lawyers.

Unless that happens, not even immigration agents with legal subpoenas could enter school premises.

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

This is a major step for LAUSD, the second-largest school system in the nation, which has long been committed to keeping its immigrant students and families safe.

“The record number of deportations in recent years has tragically broken apart loving families, devastated communities, and caused widespread fear,” reads the resolution, which was developed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Way to go, LA! We hope cities across the country are paying attention.