Milwaukee school district weighs ‘safe haven’ designation

The Milwaukee Public Schools Board is considering a resolution designating the district as a “safe haven” for students and families in the country illegally.

Board members sponsoring the resolution scheduled for a vote Thursday evening say they want to ease fears from students and their families because of President Donald Trump’s directive to crack down on illegal immigration.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the resolution would prohibit school staff, volunteers, and contractors from using district resources to facilitate the arrest of people in the country illegally. The resolution would also establish steps to take if immigration enforcement agents try to enter a school.

Several school districts around the country have also sought to establish guidelines aimed at protecting students and their families from immigration enforcement actions.