KCPS hosts workshop to teach undocumented students about immigration rights

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Public Schools has designated its schools as safe havens, so undocumented students and their families can go to school and feel safe.

Occupancy in the Whittier Elementary School auditorium is 425 but only a handful of people attended the immigration workshop on Saturday morning.

On February 25th, a similar event was held at Northeast High School, nearly 300 people showed up.

The objective of the immigration workshop is to answer questions and ease fears.

Luis Cordoba is the director for the Office of Student Interventions with Kansas City Public Schools.

"This event is really about what parents need to know when they're in fear of ICE coming knocking at their doors. So basically, know your rights," said Cordoba.

KCPS approved a resolution designating their schools a "safe haven."

The new "Welcoming Schools" resolution prohibits ICE officials from entering schools without a warrant.

KCPS plans to continue hosting immigration workshops as needed.



Lisa Benson can be reached at lisa.benson@kshb.com.

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