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Tucson District Delays Police Program in Schools

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Tucson city leaders have delayed a program that puts police officers in high schools and middle schools over concerns that officers will ask students about their immigration status as required by SB 1070, Arizona's immigration-enforcement law.

A state grant would place nine officers at seven high schools and two middle schools.

But concerns that police would ask for a student's immigration status led to a debate last week when city council members were set to sign off on the contracts with the school district.

One council member asked that a clause be put in the contract prohibiting police from asking students about their status. But that would force officers to break the law, said Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor, a vocal opponent of the law who nonetheless says he will uphold it.

Vol. 34, Issue 07, Page 5

Published in Print: October 8, 2014, as Tucson District Delays Police Program in Schools
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