As the Trump administration issued memos directing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to treat most unauthorized immigrants in the United States as "priorities" for deportation, Chicago Public Schools instructed school principals not let any ICE agents into schools without a criminal warrant.

“To be very clear, CPS does not provide assistance to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the enforcement of federal civil immigration law,” Janice Jackson, CPS's chief education officer, wrote in a letter to educators. “Therefore, ICE should not be permitted access to CPS facilities or personnel except in the rare instance in which we are provided with a criminal warrant. If presented with any paperwork from ICE, please call the Law Department before taking any action... ICE agents should wait outside while the school is reviewing the matter with the Law Department.”

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