Hundreds Leave ESOL Program in Prince William Co.

Hank Silverberg, WTOP Radio (Washington, D.C.), March 11, 2008

Prince William County‘s crackdown [in Virginia] on illegal immigration could be having a chilling effect in some of the local schools.

“It certainly is an anomaly that we would have a little more than 600 fewer students in the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages)program than what we had at the beginning of the year,” says Prince William County school spokesman Ken Blackstone.

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Many of the students who left the school system left after the county’s crackdown on illegal immigrants started March 3. No illegal immigrants have been arrested on felony warrants since the crackdown began.

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