In 1982, the Supreme Court ruled that in the United States, any individuals including illegal immigrants are secured with the right of free education from elementary to higher education (secured in the U.S. constitution). However, some public schools in New York demanded students and their guardians to submit documents to prove their visa status. This process discouraged many illegal immigrants from accessing public schools in the state of New York.

In response, the New York Attorney General conducted an extensive investigation and announced that the state (20 school districts over 14 countries) will eliminate the visa status confirmation process for all the students and their guardian.