Govt. Abbott: Immigration has created ‘challenges’ to school system

Gov. Greg Abbott says he plans to challenge the 1982 Supreme Court ruling that guarantees a public education for children brought illegally into the United States.

HOUSTON — Comments from Governor Greg Abbott over who should be allowed to go to public school, some Texans are very upset while others feel that Texas school districts have never been prepared to handle the continued influx of immigrant students.

Forty years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that all children in the United States have a right to a public education, whether born here or brought here illegally.

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Abbott said times are different now and immigration has overwhelmed schools across the state.

“It’s a real burden for communities. What can you do about it?” The Joe Pags Show radio host asked Abbott.

During an interview on the conservative radio show, Abbott spoke about the impacts he claims border immigration is having on Texas public schools.

“It’s not just Spanish that teachers have to contend with, it’s several other languages,” Abbott said. “The challenge to our public school system is extraordinary.”

Many years ago, Texas law allowed school districts to deny enrollment to children smuggled into the country. But in 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional.

“The argument of school children, in this case, is to deny the possibility of being able to obtain an education that you provide to everyone is a denial of equal protection of the law,” said Charles, a professor at South Texas College. of Law. Rocky,” Rhodes said.

The case is Plylor v. Doe.

“I think we’re going to resuscitate this case and challenge this issue because the expense is extraordinary and the times are different than when Plylor vs. Doe was published decades ago,” Abbott said.

Rhodes said if the case were to be resurrected by the Supreme Court, its decision could be influenced by factors facing schools in Texas today. But still, the idea that any child in the United States would be denied an education doesn’t sit well with many people.

“Unfortunately, the damage will start to happen now,” said FIEL director Cesar Espinosa. “People are going to start getting scared, getting the wrong information fearing their kids can’t go to school, and that’s going to stop a lot of parents from really focusing on what’s most important, which is education. of our children.”

What is the likelihood that the court will overturn Plylor v. Doe? The recently leaked draft opinion on Roe v. Wade could give a hint.

“There’s a good chance they’ll set it aside in the kind of methodology that was used in this case versus the kind of methodology that they want to use in future cases involving individual rights and freedoms,” he said. Rhodes.

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