The week before winter vacation, families and staff at Melrose Bridges Academy were stunned to learn that U.S. immigration officials had followed a mother into the East Oakland school and detained her for questioning.
The scene unfolded in front of the woman’s 6-year-old daughter.
In response to the incident, school board member Noel Gallo has proposed a resolution in support of immigrant students, regardless of their immigrant status. It’s on the agenda of Wednesday night’s meeting.
The resolution seems largely symbolic (as most resolutions are). Practically speaking, I’m not sure what impact the resolution will have on the way U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does business — other than that it calls for staff to forward all requests for information to the district’s legal department. But OUSD spokesman, Troy Flint, said he believes this to be the first written policy that addresses the issue.
How do you think schools should handle such situations, when they find themselves stuck in the middle?