Important Updates In Response To Rumors About Immigration Raids
DACA Participants Can Again Apply for Renewal
There have been a number of recent new developments on immigration law that students, staff and parents should be aware of. On January 9, 2018 a federal court order mandated U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to resume accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA.
The President had previously taken action in September to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. With this latest federal court ruling, the President’s action is currently not in effect. Our district understands many of our students, teachers, and parents may have questions about what this policy means for them. To assist, the district has updated its Safe Haven page with the latest information on DACA.
However, time is of the essence. In recent days, news media reports have spread rumors that the federal government is planning mass immigration raids in Northern California. As the President of the University of California and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra stated yesterday, students are being strongly urged to renew their DACA status as soon as possible. Earlier today, Attorney General Becerra held a press conference to remind the public of the rights California law grants to students and members of the public at the local government level and in their workplaces, regardless of their immigration status. Watch the full press conference by clicking here and learn about these new state laws protecting our state residents by clicking here and here.
Safe Haven Resolution Update
In response, on Thursday, January 18, the Sacramento City Unified Board of Education will consider a resolution to expand the scope of its Safe Haven efforts that were adopted in December 2016. The Board’s December 2016 resolution restricted federal immigration enforcement activities on our school campuses to safeguard students and families from the climate of fear and intolerance that ensued following the 2016 presidential election.
The resolution would build upon the district’s existing Safe Haven work by encouraging increased collaboration with community groups and partners between now and the end of June 2018 in order to strengthen and grow Safe Haven projections for students, families and staff. It would also call for the district and community partners to engage in monthly policy development dialog around the district’s Safe Haven efforts in order to develop thoughtful and impactful policies that will build upon the Safe Haven work previously completed. Finally, the resolution calls for the Policy Committee of the Sacramento City Unified School Board to host monthly meetings where advocacy groups and partners are invited to help steer the direction of future Safe Haven policy within the district.