No Undocumented Child Left Behind
Plyler v. Doe and the Education of Undocumented Schoolchildren
Publication Year: 2012
In No Undocumented Child Left Behind, Michael A. Olivas tells a fascinating history of the landmark case, examining how, 30 years later, Plyler v. Doe continues to suffer from implementation issues and requires additional litigation and vigilance to enforce the ruling. He takes a comprehensive look at the legal regime it established regarding the education of undocumented school children, moves up through its implementation, including direct and indirect attacks on it, and closes with the ongoing, highly charged debates over the Development, Relief, and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act, which aims to give conditional citizenship to undocumented college students who graduated from US high schools and have been in the country for at least five years.
Published by: NYU Press
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As with so many things in life, book writing is a collaborative art. It is also among the most frightening enterprises a person can undertake, both because it is sheer hard work and because it is so revealing a project. Having read many books over the years, I can tell when an author is surefooted, nuanced, and confident...
1. Why Plyler Matters
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In the spring of 2008, I watched with fascination as the Republican candidates for their party’s presidential nomination argued over immigration policy, especially a topic that I had been involved in for many years— whether the undocumented should be allowed to attend college and receive resident tuition...
2. The Story of Plyler v. Doe: The Education of Undocumented Children and the Polity
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It is hard to know how Supreme Court decisions will come to be regarded, but one thing is certain: none of them exists in a vacuum. Getting a case to federal or state court in the first place is a lightning strike, and very few make it all the way through the chute to the Supreme Court. Fewer...
3. The Implementation of Plyler v. Doe
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It did not seem like a golden age at the time for me, for my clients, and for the undocumented community, but it surely was. In fact, if I were pressed, I would identify 1982’s Plyler v. Doe as the true high-water mark of immigrant rights in the United States. Today, it is clear that the polity is more concerned with...
4. The Political Economy of the DREAM Act and the Legislative Process: Doe Goes to College
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Many developments have kept the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act and the issue of undocumented college students in the news and on federal and state legislative agendas. Who would have thought that presidential candidates would be debating the issue, as...
5. Conclusion: The Discourse and the Danger (or, Why Plyler Should Have Been Decided on Preemption Grounds)
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I have been actively involved in residency reform and study since 1975, when I was a doctoral student and campus recruiter at Ohio State University. As a Chicano student, I was drawn to recruit other Latinos to campus, but in Ohio, the only communities with residents of Mexican...
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Publication Year: 2012