STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Looking for to reassure mother and father involved about President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies, Metropolis Faculties Chancellor Carmen Farina despatched house a letter Monday advising that the town and the Division of Schooling would shield the rights of each youngster enrolled within the public faculty system, no matter ethnic or spiritual background or household immigration standing.
The strongly-worded letter, additionally signed off by Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Workplace of Immigrant Affairs, was translated into ten languages.
“The USA Supreme Courtroom has acknowledged the significance of public schooling for all college students, together with undocumented college students,” the letter reads.
“Whether or not you or your loved ones arrived one hundred years or one hundred days in the past — you’re New Yorkers — and we stand with you.”
Farina outlined the coverage steps DOE has taken to guard the rights of immigrant youngsters and households — reiterating the steps in e-mails to principals and directors.
The DOE, she stated, won’t hold data of a kid or household’s immigration standing; won’t grant limitless entry to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees, and won’t launch scholar info until required by regulation.
Moreover, households and anybody inside the faculty system who wants immigration authorized providers shall be referred to ActionNYC, a group-based mostly program that gives free, immigration authorized assist in a number of languages.
She additionally directed faculty employees to “examine and take swift motion” on “any incident of harassment, bullying, and discrimination” reported.
The DOE has additionally expanded its web site to incorporate particular info on immigration insurance policies for folks and households.