Iowa district refuses to enroll Rwandan student

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa family is fighting the Des Moines school district’s refusal to enroll the Rwandan immigrant they are caring for because of questions about his immigration status.

The district’s lawyer, Andrew Bracken, tells the Des Moines Register it appears that Habibu “Habi” Moise Habienza’s legal residence remains with his family in Rwanda, so Des Moines won’t enroll him.

The 16-year-old’s guardians, Ray and Carrie Bening, are appealing to the Iowa Board of Education because they say the boy’s immigration status shouldn’t be an issue.

University of Iowa immigration law professor Stella Elias says children are entitled to an education regardless of how they came to be in the country.

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