Immigration reform has been an issue that remains prevalent in the deep American south. Though states have treated the problem differently, controversial legislation has been enacted in Georgia in an effort to limit the number of individuals that illegally reside in the U.S.
The controversial legislation that was passed in Georgia could cause many of the illegal residents of the state to flee. A part of the legislation notes that officials can question a child's immigration status, a point of contention with school officials, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Members of the state government passed the law in an effort to limit the funding that the state unintentionally provides to the illegal immigrants. The school system is strapped for cash as it is, and the law would help to eliminate the costs of English education and would limit the sizes of individual classes, the news source reported.
"There is just a feeling of being unsettled, just not knowing," DeKalb Area Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Bradshaw said of the reports he has heard of students leaving. "We are going to start monitoring that probably within the next week or two to really gauge this."
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia is seeking a federal injunction against the anti-immigration law, according to BigGovernment.com.