An immigration officer, in an attempt to pursue a crackdown, reportedly showed up to a New York Elementary School to question a fourth grader, but was turned away at the door for not having a warrant.
As confirmed by Eric Phillips, a spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, an immigration officer from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services had showed up to an elementary school in Queens in order to question a fourth grader, but was turned away at the door for not having a warrant.
Phillips tweeted: “Mayor’s been briefed on a fed immig agent showing up at Queens’ PS58 Thurs. asking about a 4th grader. School turned him away. A 4th grader.”
Earlier in the year, Mayor De Blasio had announced a policy preventing custom agents onto school grounds unless they had a warrant- a policy put in place to prevent such incidents from happening.
He had said: “We’re not allowing (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents in the building, because I think parents are so afraid right now, and are worried that an agent could literally come into a building and single out their child, we want them to know that can’t happen under this policy.”
Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina responded by saying: “All students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome in NYC public schools, and parents should rest assured that we will do everything on our power to protect students, staff and families.”
“We’re looking into this incident and are providing schools with additional information on our protocol and more trainings.”
Melinda Katz, the borough president of Queens also responded to the incident, saying: “As a mother, I am deeply troubled and horrified at this attempt on the part of federal immigration agents to reach any child in our schools.”
“PS 58 officials did the right thing by following proper protocols of the city administration, stopping the agents at the door and protecting their students.”