Portland schools say they will not call ICE on students
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Just days after President Donald Trump referred to some undocumented immigrants as "animals," his Secretary of Education told Congress she believes schools should be able to decide whether to report undocumented students to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Arrests and deportations are at a three-year high, but the Portland City School Department says they won't be making any calls.
Portland City Schools responded to Secretary Devos by saying they won't be calling immigration services on their kids, and will continue to educate children regardless of their immigration status.
School officials say Portland will continue to be a safe haven for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement.
They also say they don't believe they legally could remove kids from the school if they wanted to.
Mayor Strimling and officials at the ACLU of Maine say they are proud of the school systems stance, and say anything less would be unconstitutional.
"The City of Portland has made it very clear we are not going to be checking your papers when you're walking down the street,” Strimling said. “We are a welcoming city. We are a city that you should feel sanctuary in that you feel safe.”
The ACLU of Maine says in the state's history there have been "many instances of immigrants being made to feel unwelcome."