SILVER SPRING, Md.– In response to recent statements made by education Secretary Betsy DeVos that schools should call ICE on undocumented immigrants, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) posted a press release on their website saying the school district was “committed to ensuring that all students feel safe and welcome in our schools.”
MCPS says that it has “received no indication that there have been or will be immigration enforcement actions in schools or on school property,” and that the ICE treats schools as “sensitive areas where arrests, interviews, searches or surveillance activities will not generally occur.”
“MCPS has done a good job at protecting students in the past,” said an ESOL teacher at Montgomery Blair High School, adding that they “fully support” the continued commitment to creating safe schools.
MCPS made efforts to ensure students felt comfortable talking to MCPS staff, saying “MCPS staff are not required to report undocumented students to ICE.”
With this release, MCPS has effectively established their stance regarding students who immigrated here illegally, corroborated by a 1982 landmark Supreme Court decision that established the prohibition of schools denying access to public education based on immigration status.