Arizona Schoolkids Sent To Detention Could Face Deportation
As a consequence of the Arizona immigration law, students who are sent to detention could wind up being sent much farther away.
There is no clear line that will determine when school resource officers (SRO) — police officers or sheriff’s deputies assigned to work in schools — can investigate a student’s immigration status under the new law.
The law requires an officer to determine a person’s immigration status if they are stopped, detained or arrested and there is “reasonable suspicion” they are in the U.S. illegally.
School resource officers have received no guidance from the state and are unsure how to proceed.
The state Department of Education has also not provided any guidelines. “It’s the school’s decision on how they handle their school resource officers,” said spokeswoman Amy Rezzonico.
Sgt. Joe Favazzo of the Chandler Police Department said it’s frustrating to address the issue without guidance from the state.
“We have no idea,” he said. “I think the SRO and school administrators are going to have to work together and come up with something.”Click here for reuse options!
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