The Education Committee of New Westminster’s school board is considering implementing a policy that welcomes all school-aged children in their district—regardless of immigration status—to attend their schools.
The New Westminster policy comes after consultations with groups including Sanctuary Health Coalition and School for All.
In May 2016, First Call sent a letter urging the New West school district to establish sanctuary schools. First Call heard from our members about families who fear enrolling their children in school and being asked to disclose their lack of immigration status. This results in the denial of their children’s right to education, a right Canada and BC committed to uphold through signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In addition, families with precarious immigration status who enroll their children in schools often live with the fear that their immigration status will be disclosed to immigration authorities, resulting in their deportation.
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