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Updated Apr 4, 2013 - 11:27 am

Group: Maricopa college practices were discriminatory

TEMPE, Ariz. — A Phoenix-based civil rights group has complained that the
Maricopa County Community College District has discriminated against immigrant
students participating in the federal government’s program that defers
deportations.

According to the Civil Rights Center, the district required information on
citizenship of parents of students enrolling in the district’s charter high
schools. The group said that discriminatorily discourages students from
enrolling.

A district spokesman said it’s unclear that information actually was sought.

Tom Gariepy said it’s against district policies to ask charter-school students
about immigration status but that he can’t state categorically it never
happened.

He said the district is taking steps to address the issue.

Radio station KJZZ reported the federal Department of
Education responded to the complaint by saying that some of its allegations are
“somewhat erroneous.”

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