Two US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials visited an elementary school looking for a fourth grader but couldn’t make it past the front security desk.
According to New York Daily News, the incident occurred at Public School 58 — aka The School of Heroes — in Maspeth, Queens.
The school refused their entry because they did not have warrants; they were following a New York City policy that was put in place just two months ago.
NYC mayor Bill de Blasio made it clear that the policy was implemented to help lessen the panic parents were experiencing due to an increase in Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. “We want to be very clear to parents that we’re not allowing ICE agents in the building because I think parents are so afraid right now. They’re worried that an agent could literally come into the building and single out their child," he said.
A USCIS spokesperson did confirm that two officials were at the school and explained that the visit was for an "immigration benefit."
While the news is startling, it isn't the first time children have been affected by immigration practices in place.
In March, thousands of children were too scared to go to school after an ICE raid.
Although USCIS officers cannot arrest someone like ICE agents can, it doesn't minimize the stress the families and kids of PS 58 are now facing.