Mass release of children from border has put ‘unprecedented’ strain on US schools

Tens of thousands of immigrant children who crossed the southern border alone and were released to an adult sponsor in the United States have been enrolled in public schools nationwide under President Joe Biden, putting educators in a bind.

Over the past three years, more than 8 million people have been encountered at the southern border, including nearly 500,000 unaccompanied children, which does not include children who arrived with a family member.

The impact of so many children arriving in the country and enrolling in schools nationwide has not been insignificant, according to immigration policy experts.

“Although the majority of U.S. schools receiving unaccompanied minors and other immigrant children are not new to serving this population, many educators have described the number of newcomers arriving in the 2023-24 school year as unprecedented,” said Julie Sugarman, associate director of K-12 education research at
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