OCTOBER 04, 2010
In an effort to help illegal alien students concentrate in the classroom, public schools in a major U.S. county are distributing special guides on how to avoid deportation during immigration raids.
The manual advises students of their rights during encounters with federal authorities and directs them to protect themselves by refraining from giving government officials information about their immigration status, not carrying certain documents from another country and insisting on speaking to a lawyer.
It also instructs students not to open the door if immigration agents come knocking at home and warns that government officials may try to intimidate or trick illegal immigrants into signing documents. The San Diego County Office of Education began distributing the guides because students from families living in the U.S. illegally were having difficulty concentrating in class, according to the local newspaper that first reported the story.
Teachers actually approached the agency worried that some immigrant students couldn’t focus on academics, according to a
The girl called her teacher, say education officials, who decided at that moment to distribute written material to address future incidents. Featuring an animation of a muscular immigration agent hauling away a mustachioed illegal alien in handcuffs, the manuals come with a handy, wallet-sized “know your rights” card.
They were written by attorneys at a controversial, taxpayer-funded advocacy group (Casa de Maryland) that helps illegal immigrants by operating day laborer facilities and offering free legal services. The group says that schools as far away as
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