ICE allegedly requested the information of a number of kids attending Una Elementary School in Nashville, however the college turned them down.
The college is famous for its various studying inhabitants, with many college students being kids of immigrants. Thirty-nine % of Una Elementary’s college students are English language learner college students, and 23 completely different languages are spoken on the college, based on a narrative in The Nashville Scene.
According to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) spokesperson Okay. Dawn Rutledge, solely the principal can decide whether or not or not a pupil’s information will be launched to somebody who shouldn’t be the kid’s mum or dad or guardian.
“If the person requesting the information produces a document that appears to be a legal document that a principal has any question about, such as a warrant or other court order, MNPS principals are instructed to call their superiors for support and review,” she stated.
Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, coverage director for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, responded positively to the college’s determination.
“Using school children to tear families apart does not make our communities safer or stronger. The very presence of ICE agents creates fear and anxiety, which only distracts from the important work Nashville educators do to foster a supportive and healthy learning environment for every student,” Sherman-Nikolaus stated.
“We are grateful for the actions taken by the Una Elementary school staff to put their students’ safety first, and we encourage Metro Public Schools to continue to develop robust policies and ensure all teachers, staff and administrators are prepared, trained and ready to reject ICE’s unwelcome intrusions into our schools,” she continued.
“They have a memo from 2011 saying that schools are considered sensitive locations, along with hospitals and churches,” Gini Pupo-Walker, a Nashville college board member, stated. “So, this is alarming that they are willing to sort of cross that line. Really troubling, and I think really creates a lot of urgency for me as a school board member and chair of the governance committee to have us revisit what our policy is on sharing student data.”
Juliana Ospina Cano, government director of Conexión Américas, additionally had reward for the college.
“Our schools are places where our children go to learn, grow, and thrive in a safe and welcoming environment,” she stated.
“Federal immigration enforcement has no place in Nashville schools or any school in Tennessee,” she added.