Today I rushed to one of my elementary schools because parents had heard that ICE was outside of the school. I brought my “Know Your RIghts” packets, business cards that talk about knowing your right to remain silent and a pack of emergency safety plans. And I brought them to a principal who was in tears. She was literally in tears because her parents did not want to leave campus because they were afraid that ICE would take them away from their children. And I’m thinking on my way back to my campus, “Why am I doing this? What kind of world do I live in where I share tears with administration and parents because they are scared that they will be separated from their children because they aren’t the right color?
And then I got back to my office to talk to a mom whose husband and two brothers were picked up on Friday. And she hasn’t left the house since Friday and her son is scared to walk to school. School is safe…no one can get him…but how do I respond to a mother who is afraid for her son to walk to school because ICE may take him? What do I say? What do I do?