Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Keep ICE out of Schools Moves to Governor’s Desk

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chair of Assembly Education Committee emphasizes statewide need for safe schools for all students

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill 699, authored by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D — Long Beach) to keep Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers out of schools, passed the Legislature Friday.  Assemblymember O’Donnell issued the following statement:

“As a teacher and a parent, I want schools safe for all children. Allowing ICE officers on school grounds threatens the peace of mind that students need in order to grow and succeed. Students cannot learn when they are afraid. Now more than ever, California needs to step up as a leader for young people by ensuring that our classrooms are secure and supportive.”

AB 699 establishes policies and procedures for immigration enforcement at school sites; prohibits school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools from collecting information regarding citizenship and immigration status of pupils; and provides support to immigrant students and their families.  The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk for consideration, and the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto all bills is Oct. 15.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.