Immigration Newsletter

Monday, May 9, 2011

NYT on Immigration Status Checks in Schools

U.S. Warns Schools Against Checking Immigration Status

(excerpted from NYT)
Federal officials issued a memorandum to the nation’s school districts on Friday saying it was against the law for education officials to seek information that might reveal the immigration status of children applying for enrollment.

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The letter cited a 1982 Supreme Court decision that recognized the right of all children, regardless of immigration status, to attend public school as long as they met the age and residency requirements set by state law.
“The undocumented or noncitizen status of a student (or his or her parent or guardian) is irrelevant to that student’s entitlement to an elementary and secondary public school education,” said the memo, signed by Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division of the Justice Department; Russlynn H. Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights in the Education Department; and Charles P. Rose, that department’s general counsel.

to see the whole article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/07/education/07immig.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

***The Supreme Court case is known as Plyler v. Doe in case the link gets broken...you can just search on that title and find it.***