Alabama’s tough immigration law means immigration checks on school children
United States, 4th October: All public schools in Alabama are going to introduce mandatory immigration status checks for students resulting in a chaotic situation for many immigrant families.
Large-scale exodus of immigrant students from Alabama schools--As per the reports, a large number of Hispanic students seem to have begun vanishing from their schools in Alabama.
Although, the exact figures are not yet available, however, many districts having huge enrolments of immigrant students report of huge exodus of Hispanic students from Alabama schools.
That’s not all. Reports reveal many Hispanic families are planning to move out of Alabama to stay away from problems with the introduction of the new Alabama immigration law making immigration status checks compulsory for all school going children.
Alabama immigration law unjust—Several immigrant families have come out openly against the new Alabama immigration law stating the legislation is wholly unjust of almost all the laws passed in the US until now.
It violates rights of immigrant children to getting education apart from striking fear among undocumented immigrant families in Alabama, said vice president of Moms Rising.org, Mary Olivella.
Named HB 56, Alabama’s immigration law has been inspired by SB 1070 law of Arizona last year.
However, it is the toughest of all immigrant laws passed in the five US states. Alabama immigration law has sent waves of panic and anxiety all over the state.
To calm down immigrant families in Alabama, Superintendent Casey Wardynksi urged immigrant families to keep sending their children to the schools as there is nothing to feel panicky about.
Nearly 200 Hispanic students did not turn up to attend their classes in Montgomery County following last week’s decision by a federal judge to uphold a part of the Alabama immigration law.
And in Shelby County as well as Albertville, around 20 and 35 students either withdrew or informed their teachers of their decision to quit their school shortly.
Keep your children enrolled- state officials urge immigrant parents—State and local officials are putting their best efforts to convince immigrant families to calm down their fears and to keep their children in Alabama schools since the law does not restrict anyone from attending schools.
The police will not arrest either parents or their school-going children for getting education, the officials further guaranteed.