Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Happy 30th Birthday, Plyler v. Doe (Kids are ‘people’ too)

Link to audio of oral argument: Plyler v. Doe – Oral Argument

"Thirty years ago the Supreme Court ruled on a profound question in
American life: whether states could bar undocumented children from
receiving public education. On June 15, 1982, in the case of Plyler v. Doe,
the Court struck down a Texas statute that permitted local school
districts to charge tuition to undocumented students. In doing so, it
guaranteed that all children in the United States would receive a basic

That seminal ruling extended the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal
protection to undocumented immigrants, and it prevented a generation of
immigrant children from being pushed to the margins of society. It
effectively blocked states from relegating these kids to the lowest
socioeconomic rung merely because