"This initiative would prohibit illegal aliens from attending public schools in the Yucaipa-Calimesa school district," said Joseph Turner of American Children First of his intiative to prohibit illegal alien children from attending public schools free of charge. "It would also prohibit children of illegal aliens from attending for free they would have to pay a non-resident tuition fee."
Currently, K-12 public education is a right afforded to all children in the United States.
The activist has filed an initiative to have it placed on an election ballot. To appear on a ballot, the petition must acquire 3,200 signatures. The Supreme Court decided in the 1982 Plyer v. Doe case that public schools may not inquire about the immigration status of students. Furthermore, the ruling required that school districts must educate every student living in the United States.
Turner hopes to overturn Plyer vs. Doe.
The Pew Research Center estimates that 12 percent of California's K-12 school children have an undocumented parent. According to California’s Department of Education, there are currently about 6.2 million students in K-12 public schools in the state.