AB-699: Educational Equity: Immigration Status

(Last updated February 12, 2018)

Summary

This California Assembly bill would add immigration status to the list of categories under which discrimination is prohibited in state educational institutions. (Current law prohibits discrimination based on their disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.) More specifically, schools and school employees and officials would be prohibited from collecting information about the immigration status of students or their families. The bill would also prohibit US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials from entering a school without providing valid identification, a written statement of purpose, a valid warrant or court order, and approval from the school's principal or superintendent. The bill would also require the school's superintendent or principal to report ICE requests for information or school access to the relevant governing board of education. Schools would also be required to provide counseling to students affected by ICE actions.

Status

Introduced into the California Assembly on February 15, 2017. Referred to the Assembly Committee on Education and the Assembly Committee on Judiciary.

The bill passed the California Assembly on June 1, 2017, on a vote of 60-13. In San Diego County, two Republican Assembly members (Chávez, Maienschein) voted for the bill and two Republican Assembly members (Voepel, Waldron) voted against the bill. All Democratic Assembly members (Gloria, Weber, Gonzalez Fletcher) voted for it.

The bill passed the California Senate on September 13, 2017, on a vote of 31-6. In San Diego County, both Republican Senators (Bates, Anderson) voted against the bill, and both Democratic Senators (Atkins, Hueso) voted for it.

The state Senate's amendments to the bill were concurred in by the Assembly on September 15, 2017, on a vote of 60-13. In San Diego County, two Republican Assembly members (Chávez, Maienschein) voted for the bill and one Republican Assembly members (Voepel) voted against the bill. All Democratic Assembly members (Gloria, Weber, Gonzalez Fletcher) voted for it. Republican Assembly member Marie Waldron did not cast a vote.

The bill was signed into law on October 5, 2017.