Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Is Plyler v. Doe in danger of being overturned?

From immigration profs blog:

Russell Pearce Wants to Take On Plyler v. Doe
Even though the Supreme Court held in 1982 that a state cannot discriminate against undocument children in public school education (Plyler v. Doe) and in 1889 that the children of undocumented immigrants born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens (Wong Kim Ark), Arizona State Senator, Russell Pearce, wants to take on the Supreme Court apparently. Pearce is the author of SB 1070. Further proof that Pearce is an evil man.

Michael Sheridan writes for the NY Daily News:

First, Arizona targeted undocumented immigrants. Now the state's eyeing their children.

A state senator is looking to draft legislation that would keep children born in the United States to parents who are in the country illegally from becoming citizens, as well as making them pay tuition to attend public schools.

"My issue is protecting the taxpayers. You can't come here illegally and not be a legal resident and expect the taxpayers to pick up your tab," State Sen. Russell Pearce told the Arizona Capitol Times.

The Arizona Republican is looking to draft legislation that will target the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Pearce called this "policy" from the Constitution "a magnet that attracts illegal immigrants."

Separately, the senator wants children whose parents are in the United States illegally to pay tuition to attend public schoools.

By Professor Bill Hing

1 comment:

  1. These parents already do pay tuition. It is called property tax that renters as well as owners must shoulder. Advocates of California's Proposition 187 tried the same thing in the 1990s--a bold game of chicken with the both the Supreme Court and Congress that codified Plyler. Many dollars and lawyers later, we see how that challenge fared.


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