N.J. county agrees to stop discriminating against immigrant parents

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just before they were set to appear in court, Butler Public School officials agreed to stop requiring parents to show government- issued identification before registering their children in school.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey sued the Morris County district last week and was expected to appear in court this morning when the agreement was reached.

“We’re pleased that the Butler School District will finally change its policy to allow students to enroll without subjecting them to unlawful discrimination,” said ACLU-NJ Senior Staff Attorney Alexander Shalom said in a statement. “We have said from the beginning that this issue should not have required intervention from a court, as the law unambiguously forbids barriers to children getting a public education based on immigration status.”

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