Undocumented and Immigrant Children in the United States and their Right to Education: Selected Sources

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1991-05

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Crowley, Danelle

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Benson Latin American Collection

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"Undocumented children" refers to minors not born in the United States who lack proper documentation for residency. Their right to an education in the public school district where they lived was relatively unchallenged until the Texas legislature passed a law in 1975 which allowed free public education only to citizens and legally admitted alien children. A legal challenge to this law eventually arrived at the U.S. Supreme Court and a decision was handed down in 1982. Sources listed here in chronological order of publication document some of the issues and legal decision surrounding this controversy and discuss the current status, problems, and perceptions of undocumented and other immigrant students, their families, and educators.

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