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After hundreds of Hispanic students missed the first day of school following Alabama's implementation of a new immigration law, the state's Department of Education issued a statement on Tuesday reassuring parents that students without birth certificates would be enrolled, POLITICO reports.
A provision in the law upheld by a U.S. district judge last week requires all students enrolled on or after Sept. 29 to present a birth certificate. But state superintendent Larry Craven stressed that all students will be accepted, as federal policy mandates, regardless of whether they present a birth certificate, according to POLITICO.
"We would like all parents and students to know, regardless of whether the enrolling student has an original or certified copy of their birth certificate, the student will be enrolled and receive full participation in all of the academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs that will be offered by the local school system," Craven said in a statement.
He reiterated the state's position that the information is being collected for statistical purposes, not to individually identify undocumented students, POLITICO reports. On Monday, about 2,300 Hispanic students, seven out of every 100 in the state, didn't show up to the first day of school.