“Queens Schools are to be Off-Limits to Federal Immigration Agents”

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz stated the following in response to questions about federal immigration agents showing up last Thursday at P.S. 58 in Maspeth and seeking a fourth-grader:

“As a mother, I am deeply troubled and horrified at this attempt on the part of federal immigration agents to reach any child in our schools. P.S. 58 officials did the right thing by following proper protocols of the city administration, stopping the agents at the door and protecting their students. No parent should have to worry about any unauthorized persons or entities reaching their children while in school.

“All schools must remain a safe space, where children’s safety is paramount. The city’s protocols help instill confidence throughout school communities and prevent widespread disruption and fear. Queens schools are to be off-limits to federal immigration agents.”

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