THE BLOG
03/13/2012 10:21 am ET | Updated May 13, 2012

Undocumented Kids Have No Legal Right to Grade-School Education, Colorado Attorney General Says

No reporter, no teacher, no chef, no mom, no dad, not even a Republican talk-radio host, should let Colorado's top-dog lawyer trash the Supreme Court's 1982 decision giving undocumented kids the right to a grade school without any discussion or scrutiny whatsoever.

But, still, that's exactly what KOA's Mike Rosen did Thursday.

He didn't raise a peep, much less a question, when Colorado Attorney General John Suthers said that the legal decision forcing states to offer a grade-school education to undocumented children is bogus.

Here's what Suthers told Rosen:

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers: For some incredible reason, in 1982, the United States Supreme Court in a case called Plyler v. Doe, I think it was a San Antonio case, said any child regardless of immigration status is eligible for a free primary or secondary education. I've never been able to find that in the United States Constitution, but they said it's in the 14th Amendment.

Rosen: Yes, which was all about slavery by the way, but that's another story.

Okay, if you know Mike Rosen, you're not surprised that he'd cozy up to Suthers on this topic, right?

But that reality is no excuse.

Too much is at stake, like basic human kindness. This is grade-school education for some of the most vulnerable children in the world's richest nation.

And Suthers's unsympathetic tone on Rosen's radio show seems to show that it's not just the legal issues that bother him, but the notion that children of illegal immigrants should be offered a public-school education in America.

Rosen should ask Suthers back on his radio show to illuminate more of his thinking about education for undocumented children.

And meanwhile, Rosen should bring a guest on air who will defend the basic humanity -- and legal reasoning -- for giving undocumented children a public-school education.