Supreme Court of the United States

Plyer v. Doe

This case arose in Texas when the undocumented children of Mexican immigrant families who were illegals were being denied access to schooling. Considered a 14th Amendment landmark case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Equal Protection Clause applied in this case. The implications for language policy are that denying services to a group creates an underclass and disregards “the close relationship between education and…constitutional values.” [Source]