Can Public Schools Exclude Immigrant Children?

The New York Times reports that some New York school districts are demanding that immigrant parents prove their child is ‘legal’ before enrolling the child in school.  Other schools are asking for information that some immigrant children might be unable to provide.

So, can public schools exclude immigrant children? What about ‘illegal’ or undocumented children? No, they can’t: immigrant children are guaranteed equal access to education, no matter where they were born, what kind of visa they have or what status their parents have.  Parents do not need to provide information on their own immigration status.  They certainly don’t need to provide information on their child’s immigration status.  We don’t get to
write about as many issues that are as crystal clear as this one.



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