Federal data shows that the U.S. government has placed more than 5,000 migrant children from Central America with adult sponsors in New Jersey since the fall of 2013.
The children are expected to attend school while they seek legal status in immigration court.
America’s schools remain one of the few government institutions where migrant youth are guaranteed services, but the federal government has extended little money or oversight to monitor whether that happens.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s New Jersey chapter has been at the forefront in the state in pushing to make sure that school districts comply with the law for all migrant children.
It sued eight school districts in 2014 for their policies that included barriers to allowing them to enroll.