In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, students sit in the gym at Crossville Elmentary School in Crossville, Ala. Despite being in an almost all-white town, the school's enrollment is about 65 percent Hispanic. Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities. There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they would leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students' immigration status. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

Alabama Immigration Law Linked To Large Increases In Dropouts

(MintPress)–A letter sent on behalf of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Alabama State Department of Education expresses concern over the lasting impact an immigration law similar to Arizona’s challenged SB 1070 could have on children within the school system, citing an increase in absences among Hispanic students and an overall atmosphere of tension […]