The federal government handed down a new set of rules to Texas schools on how to deal with young illegal immigrants from Central America.
The U.S. Department of Education put together fact sheets for schools across the country. The pages detail what services schools must make available to young illegal immigrants.
The DOE says all children are entitled to equal access to an education, regardless of their actual or perceived origin, citizenship or immigration status. That includes unaccompanied children who just got here and are in immigration proceedings.
In order to be enrolled in a school, the child must be living within the community with a parent, family member or adult sponsor.
Children who are staying in shelters will not be able to enroll in school. Those children will get educational services from providers who operate shelters for the Department of Health and Human Services.
The DOE says schools can ask for proof the illegal crossers live within the boundaries of the school district. The DOE also says schools cannot ask for driver licenses or other state-issued documents which typically prove residency.
The Texas Education Agency said it has given these documents to districts across the state.