D89 Superintendent Pens Immigration-Related Letter to Families

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District 89 Supt. David Negron released a letter to students, parents and families on March 8 reinforcing some of the district’s immigration-related policies. | File 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89 Superintendent David Negron released a pointed letter addressed to parents, families and students today. It was related to “local and national events surrounding immigration and refugees.”

Negron wrote that the district “is committed to protecting the right of every student to attend our schools, regardless of the immigration status of the student or the status of the student’s family members.

“We believe in our Constitution and the freedoms, protections, and opportunities it provides for every child to receive a high quality [sic] education regardless of race, nationality, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status.”

Negron reinforced some of the district policies that are already on record about immigration-related issues, including one that prohibits staff from requesting information or making a record of information about a student’s immigration status.

In the letter, the superintendent also directed staff members on what to do if an official from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency shows up requesting access, or information about students, without a warrant.

“If the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency asks for access to a school or for access to student information, without a warrant, they will be politely denied and referred directly to my office. In turn, I will refer the matter to our district’s legal counsel.”

During an interview on Wednesday, Luisa Berardi, the district’s communications coordinator, said that the superintendent released the letter to emphasize district policies and protocols that are already in effect.

“We wanted to make sure everyone is aware of our policies and that we’re here for the safety of our children,” she said, adding that the D89 school board has no intentions to pass a resolution similar to that passed by the District 209 school board. 

Last month, the D209 school board passed a resolution reaffirming the district’s status as “a welcoming and safe district for all students.”

The villages of Maywood and Melrose Park are considering Sanctuary City ordinances. Late last month, Melrose Park Mayor Ronald Serpico swatted away any hope that the ordinance has of passing his Board of Trustees. Maywood officials are still researching the proposal.  VFP

Read Supt. Negron’s entire letter (in English and Spanish) below:

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