Friday, October 7, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
OK class, show of hands... how many of you are illegal? That is what public school students in Alabama are being asked. A U.S. state's tough new immigration law hurts some of Alabama's most vulnerable citizens - its children. Tough new immigration laws in Alabama have had an unexpected effect - empty desks in the classrooms. Today, we find out what's behind this collision between immigration and education.
Part Three of The Current
Alabama Schools - Casey Wardynski
We started this segment with comments from a highschool student in Huntsville, Alabama. She was worried about a new immigration law that requires schools to check the legal status of students.
Last week a U.S. federal court judge upheld several provisions of the State's laws to restrict illegal immigration. One provision is that schools ask the legal status of children when they're enrolled.
Many parents are afraid to send their kids to school if they or their children are undocumented.
Casey Wardynski is dealing with the fall-out from the new rules. He is the superintendent of Huntsville City schools and he is in Huntsville, Alabama this morning.
Alabama Schools - Allen Stoner
To understand the thinking behind Alabama's new immigration legislation we reached Rusty Glover. He is a Republican State Senator and school teacher. And he voted for the new laws.
To talk about the legal impact, we spoke with Allen Stoner, an immigration lawyer in Alabama. Many of his clients are Hispanic and he's seen first hand how the community is affected by the new laws. Allen Stoner was in Decatur this morning.