Abbott: Texas May Challenge Requirement To Educate Undocumented Kids

Gov. Greg Abbott said  Texas would consider challenging a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to offer free public education to all children.

Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that Texas would consider challenging a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to offer free public education to all children, including those of undocumented immigrants.

The remarks came days after a leaked draft of a forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court opinion revealed that a majority of justices are poised to revoke Roe v. Wade, the landmark case establishing the right to abortion.

Although the court has yet to officially issue a ruling in the case, civil rights advocates have raised concerns that the court’s conservative majority might be amenable to other attempts to overturn established precedent, including those related to LGBTQ rights and interracial marriage.

Abbott raised the possibility of challenging the ruling on education during a discussion about border security, after Pagliarulo asked whether the state could take steps to reduce the “burden” of educating the children of undocumented migrants living in Texas.

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