NY Tells Schools To Call Attorney If Federal Agents Show

ALBANY (AP) -

Taking the paranoia of President Donald Trump to new heights, New York state officials said Monday they are advising school employees to call the superintendent and an attorney if faced with an immigration agent’s request for access to students or their records.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued the guidance to the state’s 700 school districts after getting questions about schools’ obligation to federal immigration officers.

The New York officials reminded districts that state law entitles students ages 5 to 21 to a free public education, regardless of immigration status. They said state and federal laws protect the privacy of student records.