Undocumented immigrant children: Texas Gov. might dispute state requirement to educate them--do you agree?


Texas Governor Abbott has recently suggested that he may challenge the requirement of the state to educate children brought to the country illegally.

The landmark case of Plyler v. Doe challenged the assumption that denying undocumented children of illegal immigrants the right to attend public school constitutes discrimination based on alienage that violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The ruling was yes to this assumption.

Therefore, the decision in 1975, made by the Texas Legislature to revise their education laws which would deny enrollment in their public schools and withhold any state funds for the education of children who were not "legally admitted" to the country was shot down by the Supreme Court ruling.

The final decision of the court, which took place in 1982, is now being argued as a burden to the state by Governor Abbott.

In a conservative radio news station interview with Joe Pagliarulo, from The Joe Pags Show, the Texas Governor said:

"I think we will resurrect that case and challenge this issue again because the expenses are extraordinary and the times are different"

To be clear, Texas law guarantees free public education to migrant children, regardless of immigration status. Abbott argues that the overall costs are extraordinarily high totaling $6,000 to educate each student that Texas has to pay.

The conservative governor continued to discuss his views about this case on The Joe Pags Show:

“The challenges put on our public systems is extraordinary,” Abbott said in an interview with radio host Joe Pagliarulo. “Texas already long ago sued the federal government about having to incur the costs of the education program, in a case called Plyler v. Doe. And the Supreme Court ruled against us on the issue about denying, or let’s say Texas having to bear that burden.”

Opponents of Abbott's stance on this matter vocalized their opposition. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) president and general counsel said Abbott's goal is "to inflict by intention the harms that nine justices agreed should be avoided 40 years ago,"

Texas residents, share your opinion in the comments! Is it Texas' obligation to provide free education to undocumented children?

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