Texas to challenge 1982 SCOTUS case regarding illegal immigrant students

Texas has seen a wave of illegal immigration over the past several years, which has put a serious strain on its education system.

Texas’ Republican governor says the situation is partly due to a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that he wants overturned.  

The Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v. Doe that states are required to provide all children with schooling regardless of their immigration status.

Teachers not equipped

However, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) complained during an appearance on The Joe Pags Show podcast that the requirement is no longer tenable.

“I think we will resurrect that case and challenge that issue again because the expenses are extraordinary, and the times are different than when Plyler v. Doe was issued many decades ago,” Fox News quoted Abbot as saying.

“It is unmanageable, and it is exactly why Texas is doing more than any other state has ever done using tools and strategies no one has even managed before to secure our border,” he said.

Abbott pointed out that migrant children are being brought in from over 150 countries, and added school staffers are not equipped to handle them all.

“It’s not just Spanish that teachers have to deal with with these kids, it’s multiple other languages,” the governor explained. “And so the challenge on our public schools is extraordinary.”

Another lawsuit

Fox News noted that seeking to have Plyler v. Doe overturned isn’t the only court case that Texas will be involved with when it comes to immigration.

The state is also suing to prevent the Trump-era Title 42 public health order from being ended later this month. The regulation allowed for illegal migrants to be swiftly removed in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“The defendants now seek to eliminate their Title 42 border-control measures, which are the only rules holding back a devastating flood of illegal immigration,” Fox News quoted Texas as writing in its complaint.

“But they failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in attempting this destructive rescission of Title 42,” the complaint went on to allege.

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