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Are illegal immigrants eligible for the national school lunch and school breakfast programs?

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Federal law requires that anyone who is eligible for a free public education is also eligible for the national school lunch and school breakfast programs. In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled (5-4) in Plyler v. Doe that states cannot deny children a free public education based upon their immigration status. Hence, all illegal immigrants are eligible for the national school lunch and school breakfast programs.

DocumentationFederal LawPlyler v. Doe



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