Landmark Supreme Court case which held that states cannot deny or obstruct undocumented school-age children from enrolling in a public school on the basis of their immigration status. The Court invalidated an amendment to Texas Education Law which denied state funding to schools educating undocumented children and required those schools to deny enrollment to such individuals. In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that although the students were not "legally admitted" to the United States, they were still afforded protection under the Fourteenth Amendment and the state of Texas could not demonstrate a compelling interest for the regulation.
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- See, Plyler v. Doe, Oyez (last visited Nov. 23, 2016).
- See, Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe, American Immigration Council (Oct. 24, 2012).
- See, Emma Chadband, After 30 Years, Plyler v. Doe Legacy Under Attack, NEAToday, (June 19, 2012).
- See, David H.K. Nguyen and Zelideh R. Martinez Hoy, “Jim Crowing” Plyler v. Doe: the Resegregation of Undocumented Students in American Higher Education through Discriminatory State Tuition and Fee Legislation, 63 Clev. St. L. Rev. 355 (2015).
- See, Udi Ofer, Protecting Plyler: New Challenges to the Right of Immigrant Children to Access a Public School Education, 1 Colum. J. Race & L. 187 (2012).
- See, Michael A. Olivas, The Political Efficacy of Plyler v. Doe: The Danger and the Discourse, 45 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1 (November 2011).