[Ed. – Un-American to ask if you’re American.]
Civil rights lawyers have identified 75 California school districts, including five in the Sacramento region, that they believe may deter immigrant families from enrolling their children by asking for information such as Social Security numbers and citizenship status.
California Rural Legal Assistance and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area called on state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate the 75 districts’ enrollment practices. Students have “clear legal protections” to attend school, the report said, but they could be “unlawfully discouraged” from doing so when asked for information related to citizenship status.
Among Sacramento area districts cited in the report, two asked for Social Security numbers. Three others asked students if they are U.S. citizens and, for those who are not, to name their countries of origin.
The lawyers examined registration forms on the school districts’ websites and, in some cases, found the requests for information were in violation of the districts’ own board policies. In some instances, the districts sought documentation such as birth certificates, the report showed.