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moncler outlet AUSTIN, Texas For years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have generally obeyed a simple rule when it comes to schools, churches, hospitals and demonstrations they don’t arrest people in those places, which are deemed “sensitive locations.” moncler outlet

moncler outlet store So far, President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to ramp up deportations and let ICE agents off the leash, hasn’t officially changed the sensitive locations policy. Undocumented peopleshould still be safe from deportation in most cases while attending church or school. But ICE agents are testing the bounds of the rule. Last month, they arrested men who had just left a church run hypothermia shelter in Virginia. On Feb. 28, they arrested a father dropping off moncler sale his children at school. And for a month, Trump’s Department of Education has refused to explain how it will ensure students get an education moncler outlet regardless of their immigration status or that of their parents or whether it believes schools should allow ICE agents inside. moncler outlet store

moncler outlet uk The situation has school administrators, church officials, immigrant rights advocates and political leaders worried that ICE and Customs and Border Protection agents will increasingly edge closer to violating sensitive locations policies as they ramp up enforcement under Trump. moncler outlet uk

cheap moncler outlet “ICE is acting kind cheap moncler sale of like a teenager that wants to see how far they want to push the rules,” Rev. Babs Miller, whose St. Andrews church in monlcer down jackets Austin, Texas, is currently offering sanctuary to an undocumented woman and her 10 year old son, told The Huffington Post. “We certainly have fears about that.” cheap moncler outlet

moncler outlet sale Fear alone is already making many undocumented immigrants wary of places they used to consider safe. Organizers of an annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Philadelphia canceled the event this year, amid concerns that ICE agents would target it. (Parades and protests are considered sensitive locations.) moncler outlet sale

cheap moncler jackets sale Department of Homeland Security officials insist the sensitive locations policy is still in place and being followed. They have justified some of the controversial arrests by saying they were not actually at sensitive locations in the case cheap moncler of the hypothermia shelter, they were across the street and that arrested individuals had criminal records. ICE and CBP agents are not carrying out enforcement actions at sensitive locations cheap moncler outlet such as schools and buy moncler jackets churches, DHS Secretary John Kelly assured House Democratic members last moncler outlet sale week. cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler jackets outlet But ICE’s defense of certain recent arrests cheap moncler coats indicates the agency isn’t respecting the part of the policy that says it’s supposed to avoid enforcement actions near sensitive locations as well as at them, Tom Jawetz, vice president for immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, said. moncler jackets outlet

moncler jacket sale “I think their interpretation is basically, ‘Did we moncler outlet online actually go into your homeroom and take you out of your school?’ or ‘Did we actually go into the confessional and pull you out?'” Jawetz said. “That’s not what their own policy says.” moncler jacket sale

moncler sale outlet In response, schools and churches and are setting new policies to encourage undocumented immigrants to feel safe. moncler sale outlet

Officials at public schools, which are a particular area of concern because the Supreme Court has ruled all children have a legal right to attend, are also trying to assuage fears about immigration enforcement.

moncler sale In Chicago, officials told principals in February that Chicago Public Schools should provide information or access to ICE only in extreme circumstances. Officials in have done the same, including in new guidance issued on Tuesday by moncler outlet store New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and other top officials. moncler sale

cheap moncler coats Austin Independent School District Superintendent Paul Cruz penned an open letter to reassure parents after ICE agentsconducted51 immigration arrests in the area https://www.moncleroutletsite.com . “We know our schools are safe, moncler mens jackets welcoming spaces and we value our diversity,” he wrote. cheap moncler coats

moncler outlet jackets Schools cannot bar students from enrollment based on immigration status or lack thereof, the Supreme Court ruled in a 1982 case called Plyler v. Doe. Schools are supposed to avoid measures that could discourage children from attending, such as inquiring into citizenship at all, the Departments of Education and Justice wrote in a 2014 letter. moncler outlet jackets

cheap moncler But the Department of Education has been unable for cheap moncler jackets a month to provide information on what it is telling schools now including on whether the 2014 letter has been superseded by new guidance or its policy on allowing ICE agents into schools. cheap moncler

moncler factory outlet Students should be able to attend school without fear that they, their parents or their classmates will be deported, Greg Chen, advocacy director at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said. He said it had been at least two or three years since he had heard of ICE carrying out an enforcement action at or near a school and at least five or six years since he had heard of one at a church. He called the arrests near the hypothermia shelter “particularly egregious Moncler Outlet.” moncler factory outlet

When it comes to enforcement near those locations, he said it should happen only in cases when someone is a threat to public safety. It would be difficult to create an exact parameter for what should be considered “near” a sensitive location, but the goal should be to make every effort possible to avoid a chilling effect, he said.

moncler outlet online “ICE should be keeping a far enough distance away from schools and places of worship so that they don’t scare people away from places where they have a right to go,” Chen said. moncler outlet online

Courthouses have never been officially classified as sensitive locations, despite lawmakers’ and advocates’ arguments that doing so would encourage undocumented victims of crimes to show up to court. But until a few weeks ago, the ICE website on sensitive locations said that agents should only arrest “priority cases” at courthouses and try to make those arrests outside of public areas.

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