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Nearly 50 Immigrant Children To Attend School In Georgia County

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Educators in a northeast Georgia county say this year’s new students include about 48 children who are believed to have been part of an influx of immigrants from central America.

Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins tells WSB-TV that about 28 new students have come from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and San Salvador.

“We had a 14-year-old immigrant student, who we found out through conversation and translation, had never been in a school in their life,” school district spokesman Gordon Higgins told WSB.

Higgins added: “The same kind of services will be provided for them to have the opportunity to assimilate and to become a part of our educational process.”

Gainesville City Schools officials tell The Times newspaper that at least 20 students from Central America had enrolled in that school system, also in Hall County.

The Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has said that 1,412 of the children who have fled their countries — many traveling alone into the U.S. — are now in Georgia.

In Dalton, Superintendent Jim Hawkins has said about 30 unaccompanied minors were admitted into the Dalton Public Schools during the last school year.

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