PPS superintendent says ICE detained parent who was dropping children off at school

Guadalupe Guerrero gives the Superintendent’s Report to the Portland Public Schools Board of Education on March 12, 2019. Screenshot from PPS board meeting recording

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Public Schools Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero says the district has heard reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained a PPS parent on their way to drop off their children at school.

Guerrero addressed the incident in the Superintendent’s Report to the PPS Board of Education Tuesday.

He said he’s recently heard reports that ICE has been conducting targeted efforts to arrest individuals in the community and was “horrified and angered” to learn that one of the detainees is a PPS parent.

“Students shouldn’t come to school anxious that their mama or papa won’t be at home after school. Parents shouldn’t fear not being able to pick up their kids from school because of the potential to be detained,” Guerrero said in the report.

He emphasized that PPS schools will serve all students, regardless of their immigration status or the status of their families.

“We will continue to do everything possible to ensure that our schools are sanctuaries for our students,” he said.

Guerrero said they will continue to work with community-based partners to support and help students impacted by ICE detainments.

ICE issued the following statement in response to Guerrero’s mention of the arrest:

“ICE officers make arrests daily as part of targeted immigration enforcement actions. In order to provide case details surrounding a particular arrest, we would need you to provide the individual’s name, as well as his/her date of birth or alien number.

Current ICE guidance directs agency personnel to avoid conducting enforcement activities at sensitive locations unless they have prior approval from an appropriate supervisory official or in the event of exigent circumstances. The locations specified in the guidance include schools, places of worship and hospitals.”

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