Plyler v. Doe

This June, it will be 30 years since the Supreme Court ruled that all children should have equal access to public education, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. This year’s anniversary is particularly monumental in light of Alabama’s passage of HB 56, a “show-me-your-papers” law that included a section requiring school districts to collect information on immigration status from public school students at the time of enrollment. HB 56, which was only in effect a few weeks before the public school section was enjoined by an appeals court, has led to increased Hispanic student absentee rates and 13.4 percent of Hispanic children withdrawing from Alabama public schools.
 
On May 1, Perez sent a letter to Alabama’s education department detailing the damage done by Alabama’s HB 56, which is a copycat of Arizona’s racial profiling law, SB 1070, now before the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. United States.
DREAMers Living the American Dream

DREAMers Living the American Dream

By Johanna Calle, ACLU at 4:53pm
The love of a parent is immeasurable and immigrant parents are no different than any other parent. Families will do anything for their children and they often move to another country to give them better lives. My family migrated from Ecuador in 1996 while I was in fifth grade. Though the transition was rough, I found hope when my ESL teacher told me about the American Dream and the benefit of a good education.
A Lifeline for DREAMers

A Lifeline for DREAMers

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 1:33pm
Today the Obama administration announced that it will stop deporting and give work permits to young adults who came to the U.S. as children, or DREAMers.
Thirty Years After Plyler v. Doe, Alabama’s Children Suffer

Thirty Years After Plyler v. Doe, Alabama’s Children Suffer

For 15 years, I’ve served as principal of Foley Elementary in Alabama, a school that has become known in our Hispanic community as “La Escuela Amistosa” or the “Friendly School.”

United We Dream

United We Dream

There are 2.1 million of us. Then, there are our parents, friends, and neighbors—courageous, hardworking undocumented Americans. Together, we are 11.2 million. We’ve met and overcome great hardship.

Plyler’s Legacy Goes to College

Plyler’s Legacy Goes to College

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:23pm

Adriana Sanchez, whose story was recently reported by the Associated Press, was brought from Mexico to Central California at age twelve by her parents, who are both farm workers. The family overstayed their visas. As the AP explained:

Even…

Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:35pm

“This,” said Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, “is about real people with real dreams.”        

Yesterday, Perez joined the Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary…

School Is For Everyone: Celebrating Plyler v. Doe

School Is For Everyone: Celebrating Plyler v. Doe

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 10:11am

Jocelyn came to the United States when she was six years old, brought by a single mom who wanted her to go to school and have a better life than she did. Today, at age 14, Jocelyn is an honors student in Alabama, where she hopes to become the first in her family to graduate from high school, and to one day become a doctor. Jocelyn is striving to live the American Dream. 

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