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Undocumented Students And New Jersey Schools

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Perth Amboy, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The American Civil Liberties Union won a major battle in New Jersey against school districts that require parents to show a government-issued photo ID in order to register their kids for school.

This policy was in place to ensure that children were attending schools within their district and not trying to play the system by sending their child to a better school district.

The ACLU stated that this discriminated against immigrant families because this type of identification can only be obtained by a person with lawful immigration status.

Gayle Kesselman with Citizens for Immigration Control says the ACLU is a powerful and ideological organization which seeks to promote a number of agendas including the agenda of "open borders”.

“Why should we pay taxes to support children who come from other towns, other states, other countries even? Ya know there’s an influx, there’s a flood of illegal immigrants,” she stated.

However, many undocumented residents say that they came to America at an early age because they wanted to pursue the American dream which starts with education.

Now, state and federal law forbids school districts from excluding children based on their immigration status or that of their parents.

Morris County Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo has dealt with an immigration controversy in Morris County involving the Dream Act which allows undocumented residents to pay in-state tuition to attend college.

“The districts that are accepting those undocumented from another district, that’s a tax burden onto the taxpayer,” he confirmed.

Mastrangelo believes that the problem starts at our borders and something needs to be done.


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