MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Officials say the state's tough new immigration law won't prevent any child – including illegal immigrants – from enrolling in Alabama's public schools.
Tommy Bice of the Alabama Department of Education said Monday that state officials are sending information to local schools about how to deal with enrolling students. It requires only that public schools determine students' immigration status for record-keeping.
State officials had said previously that the measure, which became law in June, was not intended to keep illegal immigrants from enrolling.
Children who enroll after Sept. 1 and don't have a birth certificate can still attend school. Parents will be able to obtain other documents to prove their children's immigration status.
Opponents of the law are suing to block the measure from taking effect Sept. 1.