Anti-immigration laws create unreasonable obstacles to the academic advancement of undocumented students. A close analysis of Proposition 187 and HB 56 will show how undocumented students are still facing hardship as they navigate American schools. Also, looking at the aftereffects of Proposition 187 will help uncover ways in which all states can help support undocumented children in their academic achievements. As Justice Brennan once wrote, “Education has a fundamental role in maintaining the fabric of our society.”
Following the introduction, Part II of this essay reflects on the 1982 landmark case, Plyler v. Doe. Part III compares two anti-immigration laws: (1) Alabama’s HB 56, Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act; and (2) California’s Proposition 187, Save our State Initiative. After demonstrating how anti-immigration laws displace undocumented students, Part IV offers recommendations for the inclusion and advancement of these students in higher education.
Student paper submitted for Poverty Law, taught by Prof. Michele Benedetto Neitz.