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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina lawmaker says schools should be required to keep track of the illegal immigrants in their student populations.

Rep. Dale Folwell of Forsyth County has introduced a bill to require school principals to record the citizenship and immigration status of new students at North Carolina schools.

The bill was up for discussion at the legislature Tuesday, where advocates and members of the public criticized the proposal. They say it will deter immigrant parents from enrolling their children in school.

Sarah Preston of the state American Civil Liberties Union chapter says the bill may violate federal law.

Folwell says the bill isn’t intended to deny anyone access to schools. He says the measure would help provide a clearer picture of the costs of illegal immigration.

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