New Business Item 18 (2017)Adopted As Amended
The NEA will oppose deportations and state that public school staff should decline cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials or any official seeking immigration information. NEA will further encourage school districts to adopt policies refusing cooperation with ICE officials under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) due to the detrimental effects ICE actions have on documented, citizen, and undocumented community members alike.
The NEA will issue a press release stating its support for the physical, social, and emotional well-being all members of school communities need in order to learn. This press release will also reiterate that school staff should not be encouraged or coerced to provide information about the immigration status of any community member in order to safeguard students’ privacy and well-being.
NEA will urge local affiliates to publicize local and state policies that protect or potentially harm immigrants in order to inform members.
Activities to fulfill the requirements of this NBI can be undertaken within the proposed Modified 2017-2018 Strategic Plan and Budget at no additional cost.