Assemblymember O’Donnell’s Bill to Keep ICE out of Schools Passes the Assembly

Monday, June 5, 2017

(SACRAMENTO) – Assembly Bill (AB) 699 by Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) passed the State Assembly with bipartisan support.  The bill prohibits school staff from allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to enter school sites without approval from the school district Superintendent and possession of a judicial warrant and identification. 

“ICE agents do not belong in our classrooms.  All children have a right to be educated and to receive that education in a safe environment, no matter where they were born,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell.  “Children should not be afraid to come to school and parents should not be afraid to send their children to school. This bill is about addressing the fears of parents and children.”

“The California Teachers Association, the College for All Coalition, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights are proud to be co-sponsors of AB 699. We thank Assemblymember O'Donnell for his leadership in standing up for the constitutional right of every single student in California to a public education, regardless of immigration status. As Californians, we demand that ICE stay out of schools. Students and parents should not have to live in fear that going to school might result in detention and deportation. We urge the California Senate and Governor Brown to support AB 699 so that all students have safe schools,” stated the California Teachers Association, the College for All Coalition and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the co-sponsors of the bill.

AB 699 also prohibits school district officials from inquiring about the immigration status of students and their families, requires school officials to educate parents about their children’s right to public education, and requires school officials to educate students about the harm of bullying another student due to perceived immigration status. 

AB 699 will be heard in the Senate within the next few weeks.

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Contact: Sophia Kwong Kim