Queens Pols Worry Over School Incident

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Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on Monday, May 15 reassured parents of immigrant students that they would be safe in school, after immigration agents were successfully turned away from Maspeth P.S. 58 last week where they sought to learn about the enrollment of a fourth grader. But politicians in Queens remained rattled about the incident this week, Jon Cronin of Queen Tribune reports.

Queens Borough Melinda Katz said that she was disturbed by the agents’ visit to the school.

“As a mother, I am deeply troubled and horrified at this attempt on the part of federal immigration agents to reach any child in our schools,” Katz said. “PS 58 officials did the right thing by following proper protocols of the city administration, stopping the agents at the door and protecting their students.”

And U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) also voiced her concerns.

“During a community discussion on immigration at the Jamaica Muslim Center, I again criticized the lack of consistency and standards in which agents enforce immigration policies at our airports and borders, and how they randomly pop up at courts and hospitals,” Meng said. “Now, unfortunately, this has extended to our schools.”

The local community district education council will take up the subject next week, Queens Tribune reports.

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