Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate B
bethesda, md.» A high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a nearby elementary school Thursday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. And the White House has weighed in, saying the president has made a crackdown on illegal immigration a priority “because of tragedies like this.” The Montgomery County school system has been besieged by hundreds of racist and xenophobic calls. In response, schools beefed up police presence to reassure the anxious community.