Public schools; proof of immigration status or actual citizenship to enroll, report. (HB2932)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas) with support from co-patron Del. Jeff Frederick (R-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public school; proof of immigration status. Adds that the person enrolling a pupil for the first time must present other proof of actual citizenship or immigration status, if there is no certified copy of a birth certificate or affidavit explaining the absence of a certified copy of a birth certificate. If it is determined that the child was born outside of the United States, a parent of the child must present evidence of his own actual citizenship or immigration status. Requires (i) each school to submit an annual report to the Board of Education listing all of the immigration information obtained; and (ii) the Board of Education to submit an annual report to the Secretary of Education regarding the impact of the quality of education provided to children who are lawful residents of Virginia, because of the enrollment of children who are not lawfully present in the United States. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 079029303
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2007Assigned Education sub: Students and Daycare (Carrico)


Claire Gastanaga writes:

This bill makes children "bait" to catch their parents who may be in the country unlawfully. Guess Miller figures that the parents will be so scared that they won't enroll their children in school and that this will save taxpayer dollars. Of course, that calculus doesn't include the difference between the cost of education and the cost of incarceration, the state funds lost as average daily attendance drops, the costs of the bureaucracy, etc. And, don't you just love the assumption that the enrollment of immigrant children will "impact the quality of education provided" to other children.

Scott McFarland writes:

There is either a welcome mat out encouraging illegals to come here and consume our resources, or not. Currently it's rolled wide out. Would that we had the will to retract it. Let mexico and El Salvador worry about schooling these children, or jailing them. Having them walk the streets of America in perpetuity is not an option for me.