The South Kingstown School Committee has approved an ACLU of RI-drafted resolution clarifying that SK schools will not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) absent a valid judicial warrant that has been verified by the district superintendent and its legal counsel. A similar policy was approved by the Central Falls School District in June 2017. Although an ICE policy purports to restrict enforcement actions in “sensitive locations” such as schools, churches and hospitals, that policy has not been uniformly followed, and immigration enforcement actions across the nation have been unpredictable. The motion to approve the resolution was unanimous.
“We applaud the SK School Committee for passing this important resolution to protect immigrant students and families. We hope other school committees in RI will follow their lead,” said Steven Brown, ACLU of RI executive director.