See the below image for the Students in english with special education needs diagram. While not officially part of special education, English Language Learners will have special education needs in the same proportion as students whose first language is English. An area of student need, involving difficulty with expression of feelings appropriately.
The over representation of English language learners in special education classes (Yates & Ortiz, 1998) suggests that educators have difficulty distinguishing students who truly have learning disabilities from students who are failing for other reasons, such as limited English.
Being placed in Special Education classes may do more harm than good. ELLs would be labeled with a possibly incorrect label and placed in classrooms where they may not have proficient English language models.