As The Daily Caller reported (via Yahoo), the Obama administration pointedly told American public schools on Thursday that they must enroll the children of illegal immigrants despite little to nothing in the way of legitimate documentation concerning how old the kids are or where they live. The lecture came from Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to a Department of Justice press release they obtained.
My first question is, who pays for it? And I’m sure you know the answer.
In their joint statement, Holder and Duncan announced updated federal guidance informing officials at taxpayer-funded K-12 schools about new, federally permissible enrollment practices. The updated guidance stresses the need for flexibility in choosing which documents illegal immigrant parents can submit to show a child’s age or whether the child actually even lives within a school’s attendance boundary. The new guidance specifically stresses that school districts cannot require certain legal documents including a parent’s state-issued driver’s license any time it might prevent a child from enrolling because of a parent’s illegal immigration status.
“The message here is clear,” Duncan said. “Let all children who live in your district enroll in your public schools.”