Undocumented immigrants’ rights are a pretty hot topic for many people, but on May 8, Attorney General Eric Holder did his part to clear up any gray areas when it comes to kids: undocumented parents and their children have the right to a public education. There’s no room for interpretation or misjudgment; children have the right to learn. If your child is denied that right, you need to call a Milwaukee immigration lawyer right away.
Undocumented Parents’ Rights: What You Need to Know
If you have children, they deserve access to free, public education. Attorney General Holder’s recent statement came on the heels of a rash of reports alleging that school districts weren’t cooperating with laws put in place to protect undocumented parents’ rights. Unfortunately, many families – particularly in New York, New Jersey, Alabama and Arizona – have had to jump through hoops to get their children enrolled in school.
Undocumented Immigrants’ Rights: Yes, They Exist
No matter what an immigrant’s status is in the United States, he or she is entitled to all of the civil liberties granted to citizens. It’s been that way since 1886 when the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Yick Wo v. Hopkins. In Wong Wing v. U.S. in 1896, those protections extended even further to include the right to a fair trial.
Aside from the right to vote or the right to possess firearms, the Supreme Court has been very clear that while you’re on U.S. soil, you have the same fundamental rights that all Americans have. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve overstayed a visa, came across the border illegally, or are in the process of applying for citizenship.