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Group: Maricopa college practices were discriminatory

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Phoenix-based civil rights group has complained that the Maricopa County Community College District has discriminated against immigrant students participating in the federal government's program that defers deportations.

According to the Civil Rights Center, the district required information on citizenship of parents of students enrolling in the district's charter high schools. The group said that discriminatorily discourages students from enrolling.

A district spokesman said it's unclear that information actually was sought.

Tom Gariepy said it's against district policies to ask charter-school students about immigration status but that he can't state categorically it never happened.

He said the district is taking steps to address the issue.

Radio station KJZZ reported the federal Department of Education responded to the complaint by saying that some of its allegations are "somewhat erroneous."

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