Milwaukee schools approves ‘safe haven’ designation

Milwaukee schools approves ‘safe haven’ designation

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

Board members said before they voted that they wanted to ease fears from students and their families because of President Donald Trump’s directive to crack down on illegal immigration. They voted 8-0 Thursday night to approve the resolution.

It prohibits school staff, volunteers, and contractors from using district resources to facilitate the arrest of people in the country illegally. It also establishes 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.