Sheriff letter to Miramonte parents: 'We will not ask' about immigration status

Miramonte Elementary School

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Parents of students at Miramonte Elementary School escort children out of school on Feb. 6, 2012.

Following up on concerns by Miramonte school parents, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has mailed a letter to around 1,400 parents of students at the elementary school.

The letter was mailed out Friday, after one of the lawyers representing Miramonte parents said there were at least three alleged sexual abuse victims who wouldn’t come forward because they were afraid of being deported.

In short, the letter advised parents to not worry about their immigration status and to share with police any information they may have on the sexual abuse scandal.

"We will not ask about you or anyone’s immigration status," the letter read, "nor will any information be shared with immigration authorities."

Read the full letter here.

The sheriff’s letter follows a call by attorneys representing the families, asking him to ensure that parents will not be deported through the county’s Secure Communities program, which shares fingerprinting data with federal law enforcement.

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