Schools no longer able to check a student’s immigration status

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) — New federal guidelines will ban schools from checking a student’s immigration status.

The justice and education departments allow school districts and states to ask for proof of a students’ age and whether they live in the school district. But schools can no longer require proof of citizenship, or block a student from attending school if their parents can’t prove their legal residency.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the move is in response to reports that some school districts have ID requirements that keep undocumented children from enrolling in public school, which is a violation of federal law.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-CBS42

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