School Officials Call on Trump to Keep ICE Agents out of Schools

School officials in Connecticut are asking President Donald Trump’s administration to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement out of the schools. 

Members of several organizations in Connecticut said that boards of education, superintendents of schools and their staffs, school administrators, teachers and public school children in Connecticut are “alarmed” by federal agents and going to schools or school events and apprehending children who could be deported. 

“The alarm itself is disrupting learning and if federal agents and/or state and local officials who assist them begin apprehending children in schools and/or school events, the alarm and the resultant disruption in learning will be extremely harmful to all children who attend CT’s public schools,” Joseph J. Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents; Robert Rader, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education; Sheila Cohen, president of the Connecticut Education Association; and Gary Maynard, president of the Connecticut Federation of School Administrators; sent a letter to President Trump on March 8. 

They wrote that they don't feel their request interferes with any existing immigration enforcement laws or orders. 

So far, there has been no feedback from the Trump administration to the letter.

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