Is Alabama the new Lemon Grove?

Back in 1930 - the all-white school board of Lemon Grove, California decided they didn't want children of Mexican descent sitting next to their white children in class. So - the school board built a separate school - and then turned away the Mexican-American students from their original school and directed them to their new school - which was basically a big barn-house. Within the local community - it became known as la caballeriza - or "the stable." But rather than just accepting the new segregated school - the parents protested. They sought help from the Mexican consul in San Diego - eventually got legal representation - and won a court case against the Lemon Grove school board - putting an end to the barnyard education plans. This happened more than 80 years ago - but today - history is repeating itself. Thanks to the radical anti-immigration law recently passed in Alabama - Hispanic children are afraid to go to school. That's because the law requires Alabama school officials to check the immigration status of children in public schools. 99% of children in Alabama's K through 12 public education system are American citizens. But those who don't look like citizens - mainly because their skin isn't as white - are subject to prying questions and unnecessary paperwork to prove their citizenship. And while most were born here and are citizens, in some cases their parents are not, and they're terrified their parents will be identified and deported and they'll end up orphans ...

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