The U.S. Department of Education has released a 50+ page guidebook to help districts nationwide facilitate the integration of immigrant students into their public schools. While these students may have entered the country illegally, their right to education is constitutionally backed: indeed, access to public education has been decreed by federal law ever since the Plyler v. Doe case of 1982.
Around 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools in the U.S. every year, but U.S. News & World Report claims that only 5-10 percent of them pursue tertiary education. The guidebook thus encourages immigrants to reach out to available resources, particuliarly the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, to find resources for funding their education and avoiding immigration scams.
Ultimately, the guidebook serves as a reminder that education is a human right to which all children are entitled—regardless of whether or not they hold a legal status.
Contributor: May Huang