Immigrant right to education reaffirmed

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's never too late to learn.

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder reminded school districts that they are responsible for educating all children, including undocumented immigrants and the children of undocumented immigrants. Together the Education and Justice departments have issued guidelines to ensure that school districts are in compliance with federal law. Attempts to exclude immigrants from our schools, Holder said, "weaken our nation … by leaving young people unprepared and ill-equipped to succeed and contribute to what is, in many cases, the only home they have ever known."

According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are 1.1 million undocumented children under 18 living in the U.S., while a 2011 Pew Research Center report found there were 4.5 million U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.

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