By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.
In the 1982 landmark court decision, Plyler v. Doe, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that children of illegal aliens have a “constitutional right” to a free and appropriate public education with equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment. This court decision has resulted in states being forced to pay for the public education of thousands of illegal immigrant children, in American schools nationwide, even though many have no path to legal status upon graduation.
Southern border states have had a huge influx of illegal immigrants since 1982, resulting in enormous financial burdens on those states.
In Texas the greatest percentage of the identifiable costs of entitlements received by illegal immigrants is for their education. Since more than 60,000 illegal babies are born annually in Texas, the cost to taxpayers is staggering.
According to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) report, the annual per pupil expenditure is $11,567. That brings the cost to educate the 60,000 illegal immigrant children born in one year to nearly $700,000,000—and that is only for one year of their education! Continue reading →