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Virginia issues legal guidance for schools on immigration

State officials are distributing legal guidance to local school districts on immigration-related issues in response to President Donald Trump's recent executive actions.

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven Staples sent a memo Wednesday to local superintendents with the advice.

The memo emphasizes that districts must provide a high-quality education for every student, regardless of immigration status. It also says school divisions cannot inquire into a prospective student's citizenship status.

The memo advises districts to develop or review policies for students who cannot go home in case a parent or guardian is detained by immigration officials.

The guidance is being issued after Trump issued a travel ban targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries. The president has also promised a stepped-up campaign deport criminal immigrants and others living in the U.S. illegally.


Dante ... If all of our immigration laws were obeyed and enforced ... simply “because it is our law” ... there wouldn’t be so many undocumented children in the first place, now would there?

Dante - Maybe its time to re-visit on the grounds of undue burden to the states as the USG has willingly failed to enforce the law of the land on illegal aliens.  In 1972, the focus was on the impact of educating, not funding.  45 years later, the impact to taxpayers is a legitimate concern as there is an extensive history of the costs incurred.

Specifically, the costs incurred by each State and locality are a direct result of Executive policy that no state can be expected to pay.  It is a policy that forces the locality to fund, or stretch funds, that is not anticipated nor expected.  The Executive policy to not enforce the law should be accompanied by an equal level of funding for each student who is illegal in accordance with the cost per student in that area. 

A monthly invoice should be forwarded to the Federal government documenting the number of illegal/undocumented students.  Send the invoice then file the lawsuit for costs incurred.

This is basically the same argument that many make as our Loudoun tax dollars go to Richmond in bulk, and the return we get to NOVA is pennies on the dollar.

Why, JLS?  Because it is our law.  Found this on PBS.org.  Hope is answers you question:

In June 1972, the Supreme Court issued Plyler v. Doe, a landmark decision holding that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status. By a 5-4 vote, the Court found that any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented children from public schools were far outweighed by the harms imposed on society at large from denying them an education.

If someone is here ILLEGALLY why should LEGAL citizens be required to pay for their education?  WHY??

Is there any other country in the world where this insanity is permitted?

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