Provo School District dispels rumors of ICE raid at elementary school

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In this July 8, 2019, photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif. The carefully orchestrated arrest last week in this San Diego suburb illustrates how President Donald Trump’s pledge to start deporting millions of people in the country illegally is virtually impossible with ICE’s budget and its method of picking people up. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 News)- “They raided the summer lunch program at Franklin Elementary School,” that’s what a post being shared on Facebook several times Thursday stated.

Provo City School District officials were quick to jump-in and dispel the rumor.

“After investigating, talking with the Provo Police Department and talking with parents and employees that have been at both breakfast and lunch at Franklin today, the district has found no truth to the rumors,” the school district stated.

All week there have been reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would be launching raids against certain undocumented residents in major cities across the nation.

So far, the anticipated nationwide immigration raids have not materialized at the expected magnitude, the Associated Press news reports.

The Provo Police Department says their officers have an oath to uphold the constitution and laws of the land but are not involved in any raids.

“Police officers take an oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of the land. The Provo Police Department respects our federal partners in law enforcement, namely DEA, ICE and the FBI, and understand, like us, they have a very defined role to fill, different from our own,” a Facebook post on the police department’s Facebook page stated.

“We were aware of possible raids taking place nationally, but as an agency, we have not been contacted and are not involved in any way. If during the course of their duties, our federal partners were ever in need of assistance to stop violence or decrease escalation, we would certainly come to their aid.”

– Police Chief Rich Ferguson and Mayor Michelle Kaufusi

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