Jun 1, 2011

Immigration politics - North Carolina: Bill on student immigrant status fires up opposition

Immigration bill fires up opposition - Education - NewsObserver.com: "A bill being called the Safe Students Act would require school principals in North Carolina to ask parents about their child's citizenship and immigration status when the child is enrolled for the first time.

That information would be used only for the state's financial analysis, the bill stipulates, and not for immigration enforcement. But the idea has plenty of critics who say the requirement would run afoul of federal law and put school administrators in an adversarial role with families.

'Such a policy poses a substantial risk of chilling children's access to education by fostering the fear that enrollment may bring families to the attention of immigration authorities,' said Sarah Preston, lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina."

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