- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Civil rights groups want the U.S. Justice Department to investigate whether North Carolina school districts are refusing to enroll some immigrant children despite being required to take all comers.

The groups said Tuesday they filed a complaint last week with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division against school districts in Buncombe and Union counties. The complaint says the school districts told two 17-year-old immigrant children with limited English skills they were too old for high school.

The groups including Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in Charlotte and the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center say the immigrant children are being turned away from other North Carolina classrooms.

Buncombe school officials said they believe some parts of the complaint are inaccurate. A Union County spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

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