De La Salle North Catholic High School is home to low-income families from many backgrounds. About 40 percent of students are Hispanic.

Because of national developments in immigration policy and changes proposed for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the school is teaming up with Catholic Charities of Oregon to offer resources and education for families at De La Salle and other Catholic schools in North Portland.

A workshop for parents who are at risk of becoming unavailable to care for their children, because of deportation, took place Oct. 17 at De La Salle North.

Parents learned about planning for care of children in the event of arrest, detention, removal, deportation or incapacitation. Also on the agenda was information about identity documents for children and requirements for traveling out of the country.

An attorney was on hand to fill out paperwork for designation of temporary emergency parental powers.

“We heard from kids last spring that their families were wary of even going to the store,” said Tim Joy, principal of De La Salle. “The kids were going out to shop for them.”

Even citizens are getting stopped if they are Hispanic, Joy reported. Worry and fear are surging and making it difficult for some students to attend to their studies.

“Teachers report that kids cry in class and can’t sleep and have a lot of jobs to do because parents do not want to go out of the house,” Joy said.

One Syrian refugee student at De La Salle fears she will be unable to obtain college scholarships or attend a state school.

Extended families of students — uncles, cousins, grandparents — may be the ones in need and the school is reaching out to them, Joy said.

De La Salle’s policy is to withhold family contact information from government agents unless the family gives consent.