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New London school officials take stance on district’s immigration policy

NEW LONDON -- Several undocumented families attended a public forum at C.B. Jennings Elementary School in to discuss the district's immigration policy Monday night.

City leaders and School board administrators answered questions in order to reassure families that their kids will not be taken away by ICE during school hours.

"Every single child that comes through our doors that has a right to a free public education gets the free public education and a quality education," says New London superintendent Manuel J. Rivera.

The Washington Post says it obtained draft memos signed by Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly which outlines President Trump's potential new immigration policies.

In it, the memos say the new policies would expand the expedited removal proceedings which deports undocumented immigrants, if detained, immediately. The new memos would expand current regulations to allow the deportation of any undocumented immigrant who was in the country for up to two years.

It's a proposal that has New London school board president Scott Garbini ready to take action.

"We are actually passing an emergency policy on Thursday at our meetings, at our special meeting to protect all schools, all of our children at our schools," says Garbini.

He says the city's policy would effectively turn New London schools into sanctuary schools, giving students added protection from ICE.

"You will show us warrants, the warrants will have to be legitimate, actual warrants signed by a judge," says Garbini.

Administrators also told teachers how to react if ICE comes to their school. They asked educators to never open doors, remain silent and never sign anything from an ICE agent.

Administrators say the new policy will be voted into action on Thursday.