September 17, 2010

In his short life, Ousmane Coulibaly, a 19-year-old high school senior in Manhattan, has seen plenty of adversity. He grew up poor in Mali, was estranged from his family at 13 and has lived on the street there and in New York. An illegal immigrant, he is staying in a homeless shelter while he tries to graduate and obtain a special immigration status reserved for young people who have been abandoned or abused...But the American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union said they had not heard of similar subpoenas from the agency. “New York City must protect its immigrant students from having their education records turned over to immigration authorities without cause,” said Udi Ofer, advocacy director of the New York group, though he added that he was not familiar with the specifics of Mr. Coulibaly’s case.