Texas Governor Abbott ponders challenge to Supreme Court ruling requiring schools to teach illegal immigrants

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state is considering challenging a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that required public schools to teach illegal immigrant children as Texas and other border states face the prospect of a massive wave of migrants.

Abbott remarked on “The Joe Pags Show” Wednesday about the impending end of the Title 42 public health order and the potential influx of migrants that could follow. The order was used to deport the majority of migrants at the border, and DHS said it expects up to 18,000 migrants a day once the order ends.


But even before this order is stopped, the border crisis is already raging. There were more than 221,000 migrant encounters in March alone, and that number is expected to have increased in April.

Abbott has taken a number of dramatic steps, including increasing truck inspections and transporting migrants by bus to Washington DC, in response to the ongoing influx of migrants and said Wednesday that the situation in the state border was “unacceptable”.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attends a press conference where he signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 to the Capitol in Austin, Texas.
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“It’s unmanageable, and that’s exactly why Texas is doing more than any other state has ever done using tools and strategies no one has yet managed to secure our border,” he said. declared.

He told host Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo that the number of migrants crossing the border also creates challenges for schools, given that there are people from more than 150 countries who speak a multitude of languages.

“It’s not just Spanish that teachers have to deal with these kids, it’s several other languages. And so the challenge for our public schools is extraordinary,” he said.

He then suggested that Texas challenge Plyler v. Doe, a 1982 case that resulted in a 5-4 decision to strike down a Texas law that sought to deny public education to any student not “lawfully admitted” into the country.

“I think we’re going to resurrect this case and challenge this issue again because the expense is extraordinary and the times are different than the Plyler v. Doe case decades ago,” the governor said.

Asked again about his remarks at a press conference the next day, Abbott said the federal government should foot the bill for their education.


Republicans have been bolstered by a number of court victories against the Biden administration on the issue of immigration, although a Plyler challenge against Doe would not challenge a Biden policy but a Supreme Court ruling.

Recently, Texas filed a lawsuit to block the lifting of the Title 42 public health order. This lawsuit is separate from a 21-state lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction on the order.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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