Oakland Education Association President Trish Gorham (pictured) joined Oakland Unified students and parents in a Feb. 17 protest of ICE raids.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a component of the Department of Homeland Security charged to enforce customs and immigration laws.
There is substantial evidence that the use of work-place raids as an immigration enforcement strategy is causing great harm to children, schools and child care centers. Attendance falls when there is fear in the community connected to a local ICE raid.
ICE raids on schools are damaging to children and families and counter to CTA and NEA's belief of a free, quality education for every child regardless of home of origin. Schools are a safe haven, and no police officer or federal, state or local agency should enter schools for the purpose of interrogating, questioning, arresting or taking into custody a student or parent except upon lawful request.
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