Schools Flooded with Requests for Records
HOST: Undocumented immigrants are flooding many Bay Area public school districts with requests for their student records, to show proof of residency. KQED’s Ana Tintocalis reports that's because an unprecedented change in federal policy will allow many of them to stay in the U.S. for two years.
ANA TINTOCALIS: But they have to be under 30, and show proof they've been living in this country for five years. Districts like San Jose and Santa Clara are inundated with requests for student records, but the strain is even greater in San Diego Unified where there's an estimated 10,000 eligible immigrants.
Bea Fernandez runs the district's special processing center, recently established to handle the high volume of applicants, numbering between 60 and 80 per day.
BEA FERNANDEZ: Parents come in, they fill out an enrollment form, and then we give them an appointment date. So some parents are here for their appointment, and some parents are here waiting to get an appointment.
TINTOCALIS: Outdated systems in most districts, as well as discrepancies in legal birth names and dates, can mean processing times of more than a month.