On May 11th, a United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) agents attempted to inquire about a fourth grade student in a Queens elementary school. In keeping with the city’s policies, the agents were not allowed to enter the school nor interact with the student in any way. It is important to note that this was not Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as some outlets reported, but rather USCIS, which does the administrative work of the Department of Homeland Security concerning immigration. Schools are considered sensitive spaces that ICE is not permitted to enter.
The Department of Education and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs sent a letter to the parents of children in the school system assuring them that federal agents will not be allowed to enter schools nor obtain student and family information, “unless absolutely required by law.” Below is a copy of the letter: