On February 13, after a campaign by our Alliance Abrazos Working Group and community members, the SAISD Board approved a resolution supporting our students who have fears about their and/or their family members’ immigration status. The school district has also posted an immigration FAQ on the district website. Teachers, counselors, social workers, and others have been asking our Alliance Reps, officers, and staff for information that can be disseminated to parents. Our Abrazos group has worked with immigration attorneys to pull together helpful information. The information sheets are also available in Spanish.
Many people may not know that if ICE tries to talk to them, they do not have to give their name or any personal information. They may not know that if ICE comes to their home, they do not have to open the door. ICE does not have the right to enter a home or search someone’s belongings, unless a judge gives them permission. Families may not realize that they need to have a Family Plan prepared in case they are arrested in an ICE raid. Who will take care of their children, for example? Does someone have Power of Attorney so that they can make medical decisions for the children? There are many things to think through. (A Spanish version of the family preparedness plan is available.)
Additionally, our union is working to provide training for school employees who may want to know more about how to support our students and their families. We are offering an Immigration Know Your Rights Session for School Employees on Thurs., March 2 from 4:45-6:45 at the Alliance Office, 120 Adams St. Please RSVP by calling 210-225-7174 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, for those who would like to get more involved, Raices will be conducting Rapid Response Training on Sat., Feb. 25 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m at San Antonio Mennonite Fellowship, 1443 S St Mary’s St.