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External Resources

Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982)

The text of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Plyler v. Doe.


Federal Guidance on Rights of Children to Access Public School (DOJ/DOE Dear Colleague Letter on Plyler)

A joint letter from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education explaining the right of all children to attend public school, regardless of immigration status, and the types of documentation districts may and may not require from students as part of the enrollment process.


Guidance and Model Policies to Assist California’s K-12 Schools in Responding to Immigration Issues (Attorney General of California)

The Attorney General of California, Xavier Becerra, issued guidance on how California’s K-12 public schools should address immigration issues. For instance, school districts educating undocumented students should not release students’ immigration status to enforcement agents without a court order or subpoena. Districts should also limit the access of immigration enforcement agents on school campuses unless there is an “exigent circumstance” or the officer has a federal judicial warrant.


Safe Havens: Protecting and Supporting New York State’s Immigrant Students (Education Trust – New York)

This report from the Education Trust–New York and its partner organizations examines the ways in which New York’s school districts serve and interact with immigrant students and families and makes recommendations for school districts, the New York State Education Department, and the Attorney General’s Office.


Nominee for Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights Refuses to Protect Civil Rights (UnidosUS)

This blog post from UnidosUS discusses President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education – Kenneth Marcus – and his failure to clearly state that he would use the powers of the office to protect against racial discrimination and illegal policies that would prevent undocumented immigrants from enrolling in schools.

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