CCSA Statement - Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Students of Undocumented Immigrants

October 5, 2017

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CCSA applauds Governor Brown for passing four historic bills supported by CCSA to help ensure California's public schools remain safe and welcoming learning environments for all students and their families, regardless of their immigration status: SB 54 (Lara), AB 699 (O'Donnell), SB 68 (Lara) and SB 257 (Lara).

"The arrest and detention of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers as he was dropping off his 13-year-old daughter at Academia Avance charter school, provoked fear and turmoil that plagued California's communities and distracted students from what matters most: their learning. Now, thanks to Governor Brown, California's most vulnerable students and their families will be protected at all public schools, regardless of their immigration status, allowing kids to focus their energy back into their academics," said Carlos Marquez, CCSA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

The bills passed today allow public schools to remain sanctuaries that foster learning and enable students to thrive by:

  • Prohibiting law enforcement from interrogating, detaining, or arresting students and their families for immigration enforcement purposes on public school grounds
  • Empowering all public school officials and Local Education Agencies to create policies and procedures that officers and employees of ICE must abide by before entering a public school site for any reason.
  • Expanding resident tuition status at public universities to undocumented students who have completed three or more years of attendance or credits at a California elementary school, secondary school, adult school, and/or community college.
  • Allowing children of deported parents to continue their education in California public schools regardless if their parents are no longer residents of the state.

CCSA is working with charter schools across California to ensure that all students, regardless of immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, faith, or disability may access high quality public school options. See our resources here.