- The Board of Supervisors unanimously (and without warning, study or apparent forethought) passed a resolution to deny as many services as legally possible to people who can’t prove that they are in our community legally.
- The Loudoun Republican Committee recently included a question on their list for School Board candidates that read: What specific federa/state legislation prohibits the local school system from identifying children of illegal immigrants? What prevents a legal challenge? (Cost is not an answer! The cost to taxpayers who provide the education is unacceptable.)
- The issue is getting plenty of coverage in the local media: Leesburg Today, LoudounExtra.com, LoudounTimes.com.
- Candidate for Sheriff Jay Ahlemann has chosen this as the defining issue of his campaign platform, and with some success. He unseated the incumbent Republican Sheriff in the party's nomination last month.
- Prominent Local blogger "Loudoun Insider" clearly considers it to be a litmus test.
“Local school board is not permitted to inquire into, or require documentation to verify, student applicant’s citizenship or visa status for purpose of ascertaining whether student is bona fide resident qualified to attend free public school in school district.”
In the interest of answering the LCRC question, the opinion goes on to cite Article VIII, § 1 of the Constitution of Virginia, Section 22.1-3 of the Code of Virginia and a 1982 ruling by the United States Supreme Court in Plyler v. Doe.
I will write more about this subject as it pertains to our community in the future, but today I am limiting the topic to schools. So for anyone who had a question about how LCPS will serve the children of our community, you now have an answer: All children will be educated. Period. If you don’t like that answer and would instead take sides with powerful landowners against impoverished children, it appears that you’ll need to take it up with the United States Supreme Court.