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Virginia Issues Legal Guidance for Schools on Immigration

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    Virginia Issues Legal Guidance for Schools on Immigration

    State officials are distributing legal guidance to local school districts on immigration-related issues in response to President Donald Trump's recent executive actions. 

    Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples sent a memo Wednesday to local superintendents with the advice. 

    The memo emphasizes that districts must provide a high-quality education for every student, regardless of immigration status. It also says school divisions cannot inquire into a prospective student's citizenship status. 

    The memo advises districts to develop or review policies for students who cannot go home in case a parent or guardian is detained by immigration officials. 

    The guidance is being issued after Trump issued a travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries. The president has also promised a stepped-up campaign deport criminal immigrants and others living in the U.S. illegally.