In 1982, in Plyler v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law denying school enrollment to undocumented immigrant school children, thereby ensuring a free K-12 public education for all students regardless of immigration status. Today, some Americans want to overturn Plyler, and some scholars believe that the official opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, laid a foundation for an impending Plyler challenge.
The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) released a new paper, Plyler V. Doe: Implementation, Challenges, and Implications for the Future, by Amanda Warner, PhD student in Sociology. This paper reviews the Plyler decision, focuses on continuing barriers to education faced by undocumented students, and examines the potential impact of overturning Plyler.
An accompanying Q&A concisely answers the most frequently asked questions about the Plyler decision.
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August 31, 2022