ICE officials say 20 people were arrested on immigration-related charges in Dane County during a four day enforcement surge that ended Monday.
Some East High School teachers and students reported spotting ICE officers near the school this week.
MMSD Superintendent chief of staff Ricardo Jara says ICE was not on school property this week, but there were reports of ICE activity at the East Washington Avenue McDonalds near the school on Tuesday.
In general though, he says it’s district policy not to let ICE into any M-M-S-D school.
Jara says MMSD school doors are locked at all times, and visitors need to buzz in and go through a reception area. The policy of not letting ICE officers into school buildings has been reiterated to all MMSD staff this week.
Jara reports that the district is connecting any families who have been directly affected by ICE arrests to community resources.
MMSD hasn’t said whether or not fear of the ICE arrest surge impacted attendance this week. Several area restaurants were closed either over the weekend or earlier this week because of lack of staff. A sign on the door of Capitol Square bar and restaurant Tipsy Cow said they were closed due to “recent pressure on the Latino community.”
The 20 arrests in Dane County were part of a statewide surge that ended in 83 arrests across Wisconsin.
A Madison Community foundation spokesperson stated that The Immigrant Assistance has received more than 250 online donations over the past days in response to the ICE activity.