Long Beach legislator’s bill to keep ICE out of schools heads to governor’s desk – California News

Long Beach legislator’s bill to keep ICE out of schools heads to governor’s desk – California News


A bill seeking to limit the ability of California educators to cooperate with federal immigration officers or other authorities involved in immigration enforcement advanced on Friday afternoon to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach authored the bill in February, shortly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. O’Donnell is a former Long Beach school teacher who said at the time that Trump’s statements in favor of toughened immigration enforcement motivated him to introduce legislation that would block officers working for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, from accessing school grounds.

“Allowing ICE officers on school grounds threatens the peace of mind that students need in order to grow and succeed. Students cannot learn when they are afraid,” he said in a statement issued Friday.

The bill, A.B. 699, gives the state’s attorney general responsibility to draft policies requiring public school administrators to limit — to the fullest extent that’s legally possible — any cooperation with ICE or other law enforcement officials involved in enforcing immigration laws. The prospective policy would address such issues as limiting officers’ access to school grounds and those officers’ requests for information on students and their family members.

The bill, which applies to traditional and charter schools, calls for the attorney general to publish the requested policy by the beginning of next April. The bill similarly restricts school employees from collecting data or documentation pertaining to students’ immigration or citizenship status. School…

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