Ferris HS teacher Mandy Manning says she was denied entrance to immigrant detention center

SPOKANE, Wash. - Ferris High School teacher and 2018 National Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning said she was denied entrance to an immigrant detention center in McAllen, Texas on Wednesday. 

In a Facebook post, Manning said she traveled to the center with other members of the American Federation of Teachers to check on the welfare of children. 

Manning was named the National Teacher of the Year in 2018 for her work at Ferris High School's Newcomer Center. She teaches English to refugee and immigrant students and is set to return to Spokane this fall. 



Randi Weingarten, president of the AFT, was among the group of teachers present on Wednesday. In a tweet, she said Border Patrol members threatened to arrest the group for praying for the children’s wellbeing. 



AFT said the group handed out bags of books, stuffed animals and blankets to migrant children held at the center. 

Weingarten and AFT have been vocal about the Trump administration’s detention of migrant children, saying they should instead be in classrooms. Weingarten was quoted by PJ Media saying illegal immigration makes America’s public school system “stronger” by bringing more diversity. 

4 News Now has reached out to Manning for further comment on the situation. 

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