LAUSD Will Continue ‘Safe Zones’ Immigration Policy Under Trump

The district’s board made the announcement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.

The Los Angeles Unified School District reaffirmed its policy against helping federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents identify and deport illegal immigrants Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted to approve the resolution and to second a policy that protects information about immigrant faculty members, family members and students.

The vote was a “direct response” to President-elect Donald Trump’s victory last week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have traditionally refrained from conducting raids in schools and churches, but some suspect that may change as Trump seeks to follow through on his campaign pledge to reform immigration policies.

Since his election, Trump has promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes and has opposed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives deportation protection to people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

School board members said Trump’s Election Day victory scared many members of the district community.

“On Wednesday morning [after the election], I think it’s safe to say that the superintendent and I, listening to children, heard things that shook us deeply,” Board President Steve Zimmer says.

The L.A. Unified School District is the country’s second largest school district with more than 600,000 students and over 1,000 schools.

Los Angeles has been the site of multiple anti-Trump protests in recent days, including student walk outs and a massive rally Friday that led to the arrests of 187 people.

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