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U.S. official faults Ala. immigration law, claims it "diminished access to and quality of education" for Hispanics

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A U.S. Justice Department official said Alabama's controversial immigration law has "diminished access to and quality of education" for Hispanic children.

Asst Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the department's Civil Rights Division, in a letter to Alabama schools Superintendent Tommy Bice, said the law has had "lasting" and possibly illegal consequences for Hispanic schoolchildren, CNN reported.

The letter, date May 1, was released by the Justice Department late Thursday, hours after six people protested the immigration law near Alabama's Senate chamber, saying the law had "significant and measurable" impacts on schoolchildren, the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser reported.
"[The law has] diminished access to and quality of education for many of Alabama's Hispanic children, resulted in missed school days, chilled or prevented the participation of parents in their children's ed

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