DOE and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs: Students’ rights in light of Trump travel executive order

2/10/2017, 4:17 p.m.
In light of Donald Trump’s new executive order banning entry into the U.S. for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, the ...
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In light of Donald Trump’s new executive order banning entry into the U.S. for travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, the Department of Education and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs issued the following guidelines to help people worried about present conditions.

Can undocumented children go to school in NYC?

Yes. Every child in New York City has a right to a public school education, regardless of immigration status. Children age 4 or turning 4 are eligible for pre-K and all residents have the right to attend public school from age 5 until graduation or until the end of the school year when they turn 21. DOE employees will not ask about immigration status. If they do learn about immigration status, they must keep it confidential.

Can I visit my child’s school if I am undocumented?

Yes. To visit a DOE school, you need to have an official form of photo identification. The DOE accepts IDNYC, the free municipal ID card issued by New York City to all New Yorkers. IDNYC does not collect immigration status information. You can sign up for a free IDNYC card at www.nyc.gov/idnyc.

I am not a U.S. citizen. Should I be worried about deportation?

Immigration law can be very complicated and every individual’s case is different. If you are not sure about how recent immigration announcements affect your ability to stay and work lawfully in the U.S., you should speak to an immigration attorney to understand your options. Call 311 and say “ActionNYC” for an appointment for free, safe immigration legal help.

My family is from (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya or Yemen). Should I be concerned about the president’s ban on immigration from these countries?

Every child in New York City has a right to a public school education, regardless of national origin. The president’s order does not change this status. If you are concerned about how the president’s order might affect your or your family members’ ability to remain in the U.S. or travel, call 311 and say “ActionNYC” for an appointment for free, safe immigration legal help.

If you have a family member who is currently being detained at the airport or you know someone who is currently being detained and you need emergency help only, call 844-326-4940 to speak to a volunteer attorney now at JFK International Airport.

Does New York City participate in immigration enforcement?

The city does not conduct immigration enforcement actions. The federal government handles immigration enforcement. The city’s confidentiality policy, which protects immigration status and other confidential information, is meant to keep the city a safe and welcoming place for all residents, including undocumented immigrants.

Can I feel safe calling the police for help?

Yes. The NYPD does not ask about the immigration status of crime victims, witnesses or other people who ask for help. Anyone who has been the victim of a crime, including a hate crime, should contact the NYPD at 911 or to contact the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force directly, call 646-610-5267.

Where can I get legal help about immigration?