200 Students Miss School After Implementation of Alabama Immigration Law

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

School photos, classroom, students (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Last week, The Takeaway reported on an Alabama immigration law that is considered on of the toughest in the nation. A federal judge upheld the law in a challenge by the Justice Department. Among its provisions, the law requires Alabama's public schools to check the legal documentation of its students. Since the law went into effect on Thursday, over 200 Latino students went missing from schools in Huntsville. The law does not give schools the right to turn away children. Schools are only required to report to the state if a child cannot produce legal documentation.

Dr. Casey Wardynski, superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, talks about his frustrations with a law that impacts a sizable number of students in his district.

Guests:

Dr. Casey Wardynski

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