In recent weeks, the Trump administration has targeted more people for deportation than the previous administration. This has created a sense of uncertainty for many families across the country, and for schools as well. Now, the Chicago Public Schools has taken a stand. This week, Chicago principals were told to not let federal immigration agents into schools without a criminal warrant. No one is sure whether or not ICE Agents will show up at schools, but with nearly half of the districts’ students being Latino, the decision was made to protect and ease the minds of immigrant students and families who fear being targeted at schools.
"My 9-year-old son gets upset because he knows some of his friends in school and his father are undocumented and he is scared, and asks 'Am I going to see them again,'" said Gabriela Barajas, who was brought to this country illegally as a child but is allowed to stay as part of a federal program launched in 2012. "When I told him about (what CPS was doing) he was clapping, he was so happy."
Alma Sigala, an immigrant who has a daughter in district, said the relief is not just for the children but for the parents. "Once the parents are inside the schools they'll feel more secure, that in some form they are protected," said Sigala.