Give Them What They Deserve

The Department of Education released a fact sheet which stated that illegal immigrant minors are “entitled to” a public education.

Ok, then start with a civics lesson – lawbreakers don’t get to stay.

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  1. Boring legal lecture of the day: Free education for all is based on the following language in the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment:

    No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    [Emphasis added.]

    The argument is that giving a free education to citizens but not to illegally present persons denies these persons the equal protection of the laws – and all persons get equal protection, not just citizens. I really am rather surprised that this argument has not been used to demand the right to vote for all illegally present persons (not that they refrain in any case).


  2. Sorry, D.O.E., but my neighbor is not “entitled” to my HDTV because he did manage to sneak into my house. There is a right and lawful way to obtain an American education.


  3. Those who do not consider themselves subject to a State’s jurisdiction (in reference, for example, to laws regarding citizenship) have by their own choice waived their claim to its full requirements, benefits, and protections.
    Any considerations they receive from the State are at that point at the State’s discretion, not by right.
    This is not a harsh position — at least, diplomats and tourists don’t seem to think so.

    To claim a person acquires the rights of the country in which he or she happens to be located would make air travel problematic to say the least.



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