The Prospects and Challenges of Educational Reform for Latino Undocumented Children: An Essay Examining Alabama’s H.B. 56 and Other State Immigration Measures

"This essay analyzes the provisions of Alabama’s recent anti-illegal immigration law that affect the education of undocumented children and examines their constitutionality in view of current federal law, as embodied in Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982). As immigration law is an area...

Punish Not the Children

"A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court does not necessarily mean the end of battles over a disputed issue. The wars over abortion still rage despite the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. So, too, with the Supreme Court case Plyler v. Doe , which allowed undocumented children to enroll in...

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...

Pentagon Reviewing Enlistment Policies on 'Mixed Families'

"The Pentagon says it is taking another look at U.S. military enlistment policies that bar applicants with spouses or children living illegally in the U.S. Both the Marine Corps and Navy follow those policies. Army and Air Force officials say they don’t. The Pentagon has started a “policy...