Recently, leaders of school districts have been encouraging their colleagues to create solid plans for assisting students whose parents have been apprehended in workplace raids by federal immigration agents. As the federal government focuses on employers who hire a large number of undocumented immigrants, school districts with significant immigrant populations will inevitably experience the disruption of students’ lives due to the sudden absence of one or both parents. Superintendents, school board members, and a policy analyst addressed this issue at a panel discussion during the Council of the Great City Schools’ annual conference on October 24.
Rosa Maria Castañeda, a research associate at the Urban Institute, a think tank based in Washington, highlighted the impact on children when such arrests occur. She explained that children often find themselves stranded at school or daycare with no one to pick them up, or alone at home without adult supervision. These children not only require material support, such as financial assistance, access to food stamps, and help with childcare, but also need psychological support. The destabilization of their families often leads to a decline in academic performance, increased misbehavior, and more missed days of school. To address these issues, Castañeda encouraged district leaders to establish connections with church and community groups that can offer assistance to affected families. She also suggested creating resource lists and developing strategies for delivering resources to students in their homes if necessary. In the event of a large raid, holding a news conference to reassure parents of their children’s safety could be considered by schools. Ms. Castañeda emphasized the crucial role that public schools have played in preventing children from being left without support.
Michael Hinojosa, the Superintendent of Dallas, recounted an incident in Texas where a district struggled to find authorized adults to pick up children after a major raid in their community. To prevent similar situations, the district now requires every family to provide ten names of authorized adults in case of emergencies, instead of the previous requirement of two names.
The safety and well-being of children affected by parental arrests in workplace raids has drawn attention at a congressional hearing held in May last year. The impact of an enforcement action in Postville, Iowa had a significant effect on the local school district. Although federal policies do not specifically prohibit campus arrests by immigration agents, authorities generally opt not to conduct them.
During the panel discussion, attendees shared stories about the hardships faced by children impacted by immigration crackdowns. One story involved a 15-year-old girl in San Francisco who found herself alone when her parents were taken into custody. In North Carolina, three children were left abandoned in a car on a highway overnight after their mother’s arrest. Another story from Los Angeles revealed that numerous students had to be placed in foster care after over 400 undocumented workers were apprehended there last month.
Yolie Flores Aguilar, a member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, expressed the fear that parents have regarding the well-being of their children if they are arrested by immigration agents. Although the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency assured the district’s police force that raids would not be conducted in schools due to political ramifications, parents continue to worry about potential consequences.
Carlos A. Garcia, the Superintendent of the San Francisco schools, believes that district leaders have a responsibility to create safe environments for immigrant children, regardless of their legal status. San Francisco has been a sanctuary city for immigrants since 1989 and implemented a policy last year that prohibits immigration and customs enforcement officials from entering school campuses without the superintendent’s permission. Mr. Garcia expressed his willingness to go to jail to protect the rights of these students.
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