Pittsburgh Public Schools votes to become 'sanctuary campus

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 26, 2017 10:10 AM

(Pittsburgh) -- The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools has passed a resolution pledging a "safe and supportive school environment" for all students regardless of their immigration status.

Board members unanimously have voted to declare the school district a "sanctuary campus" to protect students who are living in the country illegally.

This designation means immigration agents will not be permitted on school grounds without permission from the district's law department and the superintendent.

State regulation already prohibits school districts from inquiring about students' immigration status during enrollment.

More than 1,000 students representing 57 countries are learning English as a second language at public schools in Pittsburgh.

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