An elementary school in the New York City borough of Queens has taken the ill-advised policy of standing against an immigration agent.
On Thursday, an immigration agent was looking for a 4th grade student that was pertinent to one of their investigations. That is when the school, P.S. 58, turned him away.
Some parents are relieved, saying that federal immigration agents should not be able to reach the children, who are at schools.
The idea of these investigations has them “deeply troubled and horrified,” according to Queens Borough President Melinda Ketz.
Their behavior was actually in line with the law that was stated in February, that would immediately direct any federal agents to the superintendent and school attorney if they were looking for a student.
According to the laws in New York, immigration status does not factor into whether or not a student is entitled to a free public education between the ages of 5 and 21.
The immigration agent showed up at P.S. 58 on Thursday asking about a student in 4th grade, Mayoral spokesman Eric Phillips said. The school turned him away. “As a mother, I am deeply troubled and horrified at this attempt on the part of federal immigration agents to reach any child in our schools,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Ketz. “P.S. 58 officials did the right thing by following proper protocols of the city administration, stopping the agents at the door and protecting their students.” State law entitles students ages 5 to 21 to a free public education, regardless of immigration status. “All students, regardless of immigration status, deserve a great education in public schools,” New York City’s Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña previously said. Officials from the state in February advised schools to call the superintendent and school attorney if faced with an immigration agent. “All students, regardless of status, welcome in @NYCSchools,” the Office for Immigrant Affairs tweeted. “Fed imm enforcement is not.”