United States: immigrant children unable to access education

Georgetown University Law Center researchers, in a new report, said, immigrant children living in the United States without legal status have been blocked from registering for school and accessing the educational services they need.


According to the report, students have been turned away or faced long enrollment delays as a result of “residency rules”.


Florida, New York, Texas, and North Carolina were among the state analyzed in the report. Researchers indicated that elaborate paperwork requirements effectively have kept immigrant youth out of school adding a major lack of interpretation services have left their families uninformed about the process.


Additionally, researchers found public school districts are entitled to request paperwork to establish a student’s residency, but many districts have gone further, requiring immigration documents.


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