City Threatens To Sue Schools If They Try To Block Migrant Students

( – New York has been scrambling to accommodate the busloads of migrants it’s received from overburdened border states, promising to uphold its vow to remain a sanctuary city. With the new school year comes new challenges, with certain district policies creating issues that might limit access to some families. The state of New York has made clear that it won’t tolerate any actions that keep anyone between the ages of 5 and 21 from receiving a free education, and it will sue any school that tries.

New York State Attorney General Letitia James, in collaboration with Education Department Commissioner Betty A. Rosa, released a “Know Your Rights Alert” for all parents in the state. It lists parents’ rights and responsibilities, giving numerous options for migrants to enroll their sons and daughters without presenting traditional documentation.

James and Rosa also sent out the notice as a reminder to school districts that they have an obligation to the migrants who have been dropped into their laps. The document stresses that all children in New York, regardless of citizenship or housing status, have the right to attend public schools. It also notes that some districts have enrollment requirements that might bar migrant children from attending in their jurisdictions, which is against state law. Specific issues include requests that parents present voter registration cards before their kids can attend classes, regular demands for updated proof of residency, and threats of home visits or formal reporting against families living in subpar conditions. The officials demanded all school districts that listed such requirements immediately pull them from their websites and stop enforcing them.

Daily Wire reports that roughly 19,000 minors living in New York’s temporary housing are currently enrolled in school. Most of them are migrants, their families packing homeless shelters and stretching taxpayer resources. The state seems determined to make it work, adding 2,000 bilingual teachers and another 3,000 who teach English as a second language. The state’s governor, Kathy Hochul (D) is also pushing for expedited work permits for migrant adults with the hopes that the added workforce will boost, not hinder, their economy in the long run.

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