The Los Angeles School board voted on Tuesday to turn the city’s public schools in to mini ‘sanctuary cities’ for undocumented aliens in danger of being detained under President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration.
The resolution provides students and their families ‘protections’ from border patrol agents, ICE officials, and members of federal law enforcement including the FBI.
Under the new rules, schools are not allowed to ask for a student or family member’s immigration status, and will provide legal advice if they or their families are detained by federal agents.
“We know that there are things beyond our capacity, so we are not offering any undocumented students or their families or an employee a magic bullet,” board member Monica Garcia said.
School Board President Steve Zimmer applauded the decision, saying that undocumented immigrants across Los Angeles have been fearful of deportation since President Trump was sworn in.
“This act of noncooperation follows in an important history of noncooperation with unjust laws, unjust actions that are contrary to our Constitution and contrary to our value system, but also contrary to our mission as a school district,” Zimmer said.
The resolution is a response to the arrest of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, an illegal alien with two prior criminal convictions, who was detained by ICE agents while taking his daughter to school.