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"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 of federal legislative authority, a key constitutional concern is
whether Alabama’s law is preempted. This essay further discusses the
recent litigation filed following the passage of this act. This essay
also examines other recently enacted state anti-immigrant measures which
pose obstacles to undocumented students and concludes by offering
thoughts regarding the use of children as pawns in the raging
immigration debate in the United States." -María Pabón López, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Diomedes J. Tsitouras, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Pierce C. Azuma, Attorney at Law, New Orleans, January 16, 2012, Loyola New Orleans Law Research Paper; Last revised: January 24, 2012.