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Photo: Portland’s Cleveland High School hangs a message of welcoming, as students return from the Veterans Day break, Nov. 14, 2016. / OPB

Portland School Teachers Now Obligated to Help Illegal Alien Students Evade ICE Agents

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Just imagine: you’re a teacher in a school, you have a suspicion that some of your students are “illegals” and there’re several I.C.E. agents near the school who are about to walk in. What would you do? Well, according to the Portland Public Schools guide, you are now obligated to help your students hide somewhere.

“Responding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement” – this is the name of the guide instructing teachers how to act when ICE agents interfere in the life of the school (or the lives of its “foreign students”).

Here are some of the guide’s regulations:

  • do not bring the students that the agents are asking for;
  • do not tell the ICE agents anything; 
  • contact the families of the students; 
  • do not comply with warrants; 
  • bring the students into the building to provide them with a hideout spot;
  • contact principals and other administrators;
  • contact pro-illegal alien nonprofits “to assist families who may be reluctant to pick up children.”

https://www.scribd.com/document/402104454/Portland-Schools-ICE

It also states that “An attorney from the General Counsel’s office will also determine whether to comply with ICE subpoenas for records. The District will refuse to comply with administrative subpoenas, citing FERPA.”

In order to better to aid the illegal alien communities, the school district will “have conversations with potentially impacted families to help them identify family members or friends as emergency contacts” and “Contact community partners el Program Hispano, Impact NW, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization to work with families in identifying persons to pick up the children,” Gateway Pundit reported.

This is part of a renewed and emboldened effort to aid and abet illegal aliens, about which the Portland Public Schools superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero, recently testified to the school board.

Guerrero put up his scripted speech as its own post on the PPS webpage:

I want to address a topic that is of both personal and professional importance to me, both as Superintendent of the Portland Public Schools and as a son of immigrants to this country, as someone for whom public education opened doors, as someone who entered school not knowing English…who went on to obtain graduate degrees and now has the privilege of serving in this role.

In recent days, we have heard reports that Immigration and Custom Enforcement, also known as ICE, has conducted targeted efforts to arrest individuals within our community. I am horrified and angered that one of these detainees is a PPS parent, who like so many other families, was on their way to drop off their children–our students–at school. This is unforgivable and inhumane. Like so many of us, our immigrant parents have the same hopes and dreams for their children. And like all of us, they sacrifice to provide all we can for their children.

So while we watch the six o’clock news and see the horrific images of children being torn from their families and put into cages at the border, we know that our families right here in Portland, right here in our communities, are being torn apart. This is unacceptable. Students shouldn’t come to school anxious that their mama or papa won’t be at home after school. Parents shouldn’t fear not being able to pick up their kids from school because of the potential to be detained.

And so, while it is not within my purview to control immigration issues beyond our campus boundaries, I want to publicly reaffirm our commitment that our school will serve as beacons of learning for every student, regardless of their immigration status or that of their families. No one will be turned away and every student will be guaranteed, as best we can, a rich education experience. We will continue to do everything possible to ensure that our schools are sanctuaries for our students.

I know I sit here at the dais with seven board members committed to the same. I want to once again thank them for passing Resolution No. 5363, Rights of Undocumented Students and Protocols for INS and ICE Access to Schools, last year, where they firmly expressed our collective values on this issue.

We will continue to work with our community-based partners to provide adequate supports to help our students and families heal from this horrific trauma. I have also directed our staff to deploy resources and counseling to impacted schools. As I did last night, I will continue to personally reach out to affected families.

In moments like this, our community and our school district will be remembered for our humanity, by how we reach out and support those who are really suffering a trauma that many of us can’t begin to understand.

And so to our families: We have your back. We have a moral responsibility to provide you and yours a rich education and a safe place to come to school every day.

The resolution they were referring to, 5363, was passed by Portland Public Schools in 2016 to affirm the rights of undocumented students and layout protocols for responding to federal immigration agents. It calls for Immigration and Naturalization Service employees to first notify the PPS superintendent and the district attorney in person before entering school property. ICE agents must show credentials and provide evidence of reasonable suspicion to the PPS officials, and show written authority from INS to enter school property, the resolution states.

“ICE officers make arrests daily as part of targeted immigration enforcement actions,” Tanya Roman, an ICE spokeswoman said. She also noted that schools are included in the agency’s list of sensitive locations, where ICE avoids arrests or apprehensions unless given specific guidance.

The resolution can be found here:

https://www.scribd.com/document/402106667/Immigration-Resolution-3-FINAL#from_embed

According to the school’s recent budget, Portland Public Schools is receiving about $53 million in federal funds for the 2018-19 school year, out of a total of $1.5 billion. This is after receiving $62 million in the last budget cycle. They’ve also recently received a $10.6 million federal grant for a college preparedness program.

pps.net / PrtSc

As Gateway Pundit reports:

Portland Public Schools spends about $13,000 per year, per student. That’s the second highest spending-per-student rate in the area.

An audit by the Secretary Of State released earlier this year exposed several flaws in PPS, including failing to help students of color, massive wasteful spending, and high teacher absences.

Portland Public Schools has one of the lowest graduation rates in the country, with only 79% of the students graduating on time.

This is in addition to a swath of scandals that have plagued the district for years, including covering for sex abusers, racist harassment, superintendents resigning in shame, hiring attorneys who haven’t passed the bar. And don’t forget the “Social Justice” guides that were distributed to teachers, which praise Che Guevara and islam.

In spite of all the efforts taken by the schools to protect its students, PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero has recently publicly lambasted what he says were recent efforts by ICE agents to arrest parents on their way to their children’s schools.

“I’m horrified, I’m angered, that one of these detainees is a PPS parent, who like so many of us, was on their way to drop off their children at school,” said Guerrero, who touched on his own experience of growing up with immigrant parents.

Guerrero called the practice “unforgivable and inhumane.”

PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero listens to comments during a board meeting Tuesday evening, March 12. Earlier that evening, Guerrero spoke out against what he called “unforgivable and inhumane” tactics used by ICE to arrest parents on their way to schools to pick up or drop off children. / PMG Photo

Agency records show that during the period of stepped-up immigration arrests during the past fiscal year, 90% of those detained had criminal convictions, were facing pending criminal charges, or had been previously issued a final deportation order by an immigration judge, the New York Times reported.

Author: USA Really