The Los Angeles Unified School District wasted no time Tuesday morning in responding to the impending end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program instituted by President Barack Obama to give children of undocumented immigrants certain protections in the United States.
“L.A. Unified schools will remain as ‘safe zones,’ meaning that immigration law enforcement agents looking to gather information or conduct enforcement actions will not be allowed on campus without a review by District officials,” the district said in a statement released Tuesday morning.
The school board has taken a strong stance on immigration, including by recently reaffirming that LAUSD campuses are “safe zones” and promising to not cooperate, under the fullest extent possible under the law, with immigration enforcement agents who enter school campuses.
Superintendent Michelle King and school board members are urging the U.S. Congress “to swiftly enact permanent protections for the immigrants — most of them now teens and young adults — who were brought into the country as children,” the district said.
King said in the statement that she is “concerned” about the impact the end of DACA will have on students, their families and LAUSD employees.
“These young immigrants have made valuable contributions to the community and the nation they consider their home, and they have earned the right to a permanent place in its history,” King said.