CCSA Condemns Federal Detentions at School Campuses

March 3, 2017

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(Los Angeles, CA) - In the wake of the apprehension and detention of a Los Angeles charter school parent by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers as he was on his way to drop off his children at a member school, the California Charter School Association (CCSA) condemns any immigration enforcement action related to school attendance and activities in Los Angeles and throughout California. We oppose such immigration enforcement actions because they provoke fear and create turmoil in our immigrant communities, and discourage all immigrant children from attending school because of their or their parents' and guardians' immigrant status.

Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that all children, including undocumented students, are guaranteed the right to attend public schools across the Country under the federal Constitution. As a nation, we should seek to encourage immigrant parents and guardians to have their children attend the local public schools, including charter schools, and ensure that immigrant children feel safe on their way to or from school and in school-related activities every day.

CCSA calls on the Trump Administration to end and prohibit any immigration enforcement by ICE against students and their parents or guardians in connection with school attendance and activities in California or across the Country. CCSA will continue to work with our member charter schools and advocacy communities to ensure that all charter students and families feel protected and safe when they send their children to school throughout California.