Frederick County Commissioner Charles A. Jenkins put forth a proposed bill that would overturn a 1982 Supreme Court decision, "Plyler v. Doe," that allowed illegal aliens public education. The bill doesn't look like it has a chance of making it through, but those behind it are passionate that this is a waste of taxpayer's money that should be going to those legally in this country.
The bill would require all agencies - including education - that receive county funds to verify that those they serve are legally in the country.
While it looks like it doesn't have much of a chance in Frederick, Maryland, maybe some other county in this country will look at this bill, that can get it through to challenge the Supreme Court ruling.
The most embarrassing comment is from Commission President Jan H. Gardner, who seems to think that spending the money to challenge the ruling would cost too much and doesn't seem to care about the legal people she represents. But Jenkins takes her to task pointing out that much more is spent than it would take to challenge the ruling.
In order for parents to enroll their children in Frederick County Public Schools, they must prove residency in the county, their child’s date of birth, and vaccinations.
"Nationally, we’re up to 1,200 local municipalities trying to deal with this issue because it’s affecting their bottom lines," [Frederick County Commissioner Charles A. Jenkins] said.
Jenkins has support from Commissioner John "Lennie" Thompson Jr. (R).
"I guess I’m up for a Supreme Court challenge," he said.
"I’m game to explore the possibility of asking the Supreme Court [to reconsider Plyler v. Doe]."
"I’m trying to move this off the dime of local government," he said.
Jenkins will need one other commissioner on the five-member board to keep his proposal in the final list that will go to the delegation in November. Commissioner David P. Gray (R) indicated Tuesday that he may be that third vote.
"It so obvious that the federal government has failed to do their job," he said.
Commission President Jan H. Gardner (D) pointed out that any challenge to the Supreme Court will be impossible without hiring someone to oversee the task. Mathias said his legal department does not have the staff available to handle such an undertaking.
"If that is what you’re planning, then we need some help," Mathias said.
Jenkins was not fazed.
"If we have to spend $100,000 to go through the process, then I’m willing to make that [sacrifice]," Jenkins said.
"We’ve been steamrolled over here, and the taxpayers can’t afford to keep paying for it."
Jenkins is a true hero for those he represents in his county.
Tipped by: Jeff of Inside Charm City