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Illegal immigrant number affects school district

. By law, the government has to hand them over to any family member or sponsor family while their immigration status is determined.(Source: WAFF) . By law, the government has to hand them over to any family member or sponsor family while their immigration status is determined.(Source: WAFF)
BOAZ, AL (WAFF) -

Boaz City Schools Superintendent says the district has hired additional help in the classroom after more than a dozen illegal immigrant students showed up for the first day of school.

Boaz City Schools said they had 15 illegal students show up on the first day.

Eight students at the high school alone.

The superintendent said they are focused on helping these students learn English immediately.

The district cannot turn them away but the state isn't providing them with any funds to help educate them.

That means, Boaz City Schools had to dip into their own money to buy a translator to help in the classroom.

The superintendent said that added cost won't force his district to make cuts, but he's not sure about others.

The federal government said from January 1 to July 31 they have placed 515 illegal immigrant minors in Alabama.

81 of those children are currently living in Marshall County.

That's second only to Jefferson County who received 83.

Officials said most of the kids are from Central America or Mexico.

The numbers from the other North Alabama counties were requested but a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official denied the request.

"To me, it almost feels like people were shipped in without the citizens knowing about it under the cloak of darkness. The issue remains, what checks and balances have been done to make sure that these people are safe, that our kids and families are going to be safe?", said Former Albertville City Councilman Chuck Ellis.

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