Murphy presses DeVos on whether or not school principals can report students to ICE

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(WTNH) - Getting an answer to a yes or no question can be a challenge, just ask Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.

During a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Murphy had to ask Education Secretary Betsy DeVos the same question six times.

"...The question is yes or no. Can a principal call ICE on a student? Is that allowed under federal law? You're the Secretary of Education," he said.

"In a school setting, a student has the right to be there and the right to learn. And so everything surrounding that should protect that and enhance that student's opportunity and that student's environment," DeVos responded.

When Sen. Murphy then asked if a principal could call ICE, DeVos stated, "I don't think they can."

The hearing on Tuesday was centered around whether DeVos believed schools are legally permitted to report students without documentation to immigration officials.