AB 699 (O’Donnell) would prohibit ICE officers from entering public schools without prior approval from a principal or district superintendent, prevent school officials from collecting information regarding the immigration status of a student or their family members, require that counseling be provided to students affected by immigration enforcement, and encourage schools to call Child Protective Services to arrange for a student’s care only as a last resort, as CPS is required to verify a child’s citizenship and immigration status.
Entered by ER on 2/6/19 from Ngoc Tran RAR
AB-0699: Educational Equity: Immigration Status
1) What important problem would this bill help to address?
It allows education equality regardless of immigration status (by prohibiting ICE officers from entering public schools without prior approval, preventing school collection of immigration status, requiring counseling for students affected by immigration enforcement, and recommending schools to call CPS only as last resort for student care)
2) Why do/should pediatricians care about this issue? Do you see it at your practice? What other issues are related to this problem?
All children should be afforded the right to attend school, and have a place where they can be trust and feel safe in. Failing to do so can not only impede on a child’s educational development but also lead to consequences in the social, psychological, and physical well-being of children. When treating children in the clinic, we accept all regardless of status. We do not force to families disclose immigration status, and their status does not affect their care. Access to health care is also as important as access to education