That specifically is what board member George Evans objected to. He had several concerns about the resolution, not least of which it would place district staff and administrators “in the line of fire” by asking them to deny requests made by federal agents.
“It takes a position to present a demand or obstacles to federal officials who may want to take some action either at a school or something along those lines,” he said, adding, “That’s not the way the law works.”
He wanted the resolution to be vetted by the district’s lawyers or edited down substantially. He also wished to remove parts of the resolution that told staff not to ask about families immigration status, calling it “censorship.”
First I like to said, I am skeptical of this board resolution feeling its nothing more than an attack on the President of The United States. But same could be said of board members opposing Race to The Top. HOWEVER, I know John Young and he is sincere and is truly concerned for all children. Personal I take issue with those in this country illegally! But I’ll set that aside.
On to board member Evans. His opinion is his but in my opinion its full of shit! All school district should protect student records! If state or federal law enforcement or agencies want access the should be required to produce a warrant! The only obstacle present would be those individuals not following due process!
Undocumented children even if illegal immigrants should stay out of the fight. The Criminal process should start with illegal parents. Therefore, if law enforcement or the federal government wants to hang school records as bases for probably cause for criminal action then we have a more serious problem in this county with our Constitution. Mr. Evans, the law is to work using the law and due process. Should children be afford less than a biker club when it come to legal due process?
Children of illegal parents aren’t criminals! Also, Delaware law does not prohibit children of illegal parents for receiving public education! I wonder, should the same government agents have access to employees and administration records without following due process?
Mr. Young’s harmless resolution has open a can worms! Does the district freely disturb student file information without following legal due process? Would Mr. Evans feel the same if the witch-hunt was on African-Americans associated with Black Lives Matter? Would Mr. Evan step aside allowing free access to student records! Did Mr. Evans take the same school board member oath as Mr. Young? I believe there is something about the State and U.S. Constitution in that oath and nothing within suggest government is exempt from provision within. Therefore, school board members are obligated to protect the rights of school children within their district! Interesting!