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It seems that the Kansas House is trying desperately to beat out Florida, Arizona, and North Carolina in the race for the Stupidest Tea-Flavored Legislative Body in America. I give to you...

A proposal to require all children to present proof of citizenship prior to enrollment in public school.

As mentioned in the article, a SCOTUS decision already outlawed this kind of stuff, but Rothlisberg is hoping that merely intimidating Hispanic students rather than outright banning them from school will be sufficient to get his rocks off.

It disgusts me that anyone would think this is a good idea. They're children. They don't care about the political circumstances of their being here. Why should we seek to deny children the right to an education? What possible good does it do? Children are children. They don't come screaming out of their momma's lady parts with a little Mexican or American or Chinese or Nigerian flag stamped on their forehead. They come out as.. wait for it.. a human being in need of an education. Anyone who says education shouldn't be provided for anyone who wants it, regardless of nationality, is despicable.

Originally posted to Le Champignon on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 02:58 PM PST.

Also republished by LatinoKos, Black Kos community, and Barriers and Bridges.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    TX-17 (Bill Flores-R), TX Sen-14 (Kirk Watson-D), TX HD-50 (Celia Israel-D)

    by Le Champignon on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 02:58:49 PM PST

  •  Technically, the SCOTUS hasn't ruled on (6+ / 0-)

    this kind of stuff.  Plyer v. Doe held that school districts (k - 12) cannot deny public education to children who are here illegally, nor can they charge the families of children who are here illegally.  

    As far as I know, there's no ruling from the SCOTUS on whether a school district can track how many children who are here illegally are in the school, which is what this says it is supposed to do. Supposedly, they just want the "numbers" and aren't even going to track by name the children who are in this country illegally.  I imagine that the Kansas legislators probably knew  when they passed the law that they weren't technically violating the holding of Plyler v. Doe -- they usually have lawyers look over bills like this.  

    Nonetheless, this will probably be challenged in the courts if it becomes law.  A federal court may hold that parents do not have to answer that kind of question if they don't want to, since it does not bear on whether their children are properly enrolled in a particular school.  It seems to me that enrolling a child in a public school does not give government license to ask anything they want about the family and force a family to answer in exchange for enrolling the child.  For example, I doubt that a school could ask to see your family's tax returns to enroll your child in a school. I could see a federal court holding that parents only have to answer questions bearing on whether their child qualifies for a public education in that school district and at that school.  Schools can ask for information, for example, to establish whether or not the child lives in a school district because it bears on whether that school must provide an education to that particular child.

  •  Ignorant (7+ / 0-)

    I think the people who propose laws like this are clueless about how much of a mess they would create. Imagine a section of the population where kids are barred from school, getting no education but how to get into trouble. Imagine a family where one child is in school, and another is hidden away at home.
    Teachers and schools don't want to be immigration officers, and should not be.

  •  Welcome to a new expanded Jim Crow 3.0 (6+ / 0-)

    It's more inclusive & exclusive  at same time.

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 03:24:14 PM PST

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