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Miami Schools Chief: Why Didn't Feds Tell Us About Immigrant Children In Homestead?

C.M. Guerrero
Miami Herald
Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho

Alberto Carvalho is miffed.

Breaking from its usual practice, the federal government sent more than 1,000 immigrant kids to a shelter in southern Miami-Dade County and didn't tell him.

As superintendent of Miami-Dade public schools, it's Carvalho's responsibility to provide an education to all youths within his jurisdiction. He cited that part of the Florida Constitution in a letter he sent to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking her what the district should do to educate those children.

"We should at least provide these children with the dignity of some connection with caring adults and access to educational services," he wrote, asking who his office should contact, "to ensure that these children, currently residing within Miami-Dade, receive the educational services to which they are constitutionally entitled and which we are morally obligated to provide."

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