Letters and Submissions

First Call Urges New Westminster School District to Establish Sanctuary Schools

May 2016

First Call wrote a letter urging the New Westminster school district to put the best interests of children first by adopting a sanctuary schools policy.

First Call has heard from many of our member organizations about families who fear enrolling their children in school for fear of 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.