How To Support Immigrant Students Under Threat in the Education System
According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are 3.2 million undocumented children and adults under the age of 24 in the United States. Each one of them has a right to education in the public school system of the United States, thanks to the Plyler v. Doe ruling of the Supreme Court in 1982.
Recalling Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan in 1982: “Whatever savings might be achieved by denying these children an education, they are wholly insubstantial in light of the costs involved to these children, the State, and the Nation.”
However, the rise of white supremacy in the United States, coupled with an administration aggressively enforcing a no-holds-barred immigration policy, has made access to education, health care, and support services a high risk situation for undocumented children in the United States.
Educators and administrators in the public school system, as well as parents, family, and friends of undocumented or immigrant children, should remain vigilant and educated on the rights of these children.
The Schott Foundation for Public Education, an organization dedicated to building fully resourced, quality education in United States, as put together a list of resources for those who want to support undocumented students in the k-12 public school system.