What LAUSD’s Position To Protect Undocumented Students Could Mean
Last week Los Angeles Unified vowed to protect undocumented students by continuing the policy of “safe zones” and safeguarding the information of undocumented students, family members, and staff.
According to KPCC, an estimated 13 percent of students enrolled in public schools in th state have at least one parent who is undocumented and more than 245,000 students themselves are undocumented.
KPCC came up with 5 points to consider after the resolution passed as a way to see what impact it would have and if federal funding would be at risk.
First, it is important to understand that public schools are prohibited from denying students based on their immigration status, as ruled by the Supreme Court case Plyer v. Doe.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, advocacy group that wants to increase immigration enforcement estimated that schools in CA spend over 3.3 billion annually to teach undocumented students.
Second, the Obama administration and federal government have attempted to stop districts from discouraging undocumented students from enrolling in schools as they do not need a U.S. birth certificate to enroll. The problem with this, it is not law, it’s just “federal guidance.”
Third, even though the district does not require proof of citizenship, data collected from forms that ask for country of birth or having a status as an English Learner could be a hint to immigration authorities.
Fourth, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not tend to raid schools, unless the situation is serious and demands it, since they fall under “sensitive sites.”
Lastly, Trump promised to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities but it is unknown if he will apply that to public schools.
If so, LAUSD receives $713 million in federal funding that could be at risk from its total budget of $7.6 billion.
There are doubts that Trump would be able to follow through and cut funding as Obama tried to coerce states to expand Medicaid by threatening to cut federal funding.
Read more at KPCC.