This is part of what Terry Graham called "Mexicanizing Martin Luther King"--taking the credibility, such as it is, of the Civil Rights Movement, and using it to benefit illegal invaders from a hostile foreign country.
The Proyecto helped with $PLC study on minorities being disciplined in school, mentioned by Steve Sailer, below. That's old fashioned civil rights—behaving badly without being disciplined is a traditional civil rights goal.
But the Proyecto is also involved in a case called Horne v. Flores; in which the issue is "Whether the courts below improperly declined to modify an injunction against Arizona for failing to provide sufficient funding for non-English speaking school children. "
They've done studies the Flores side of this case, (Horne is the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction .) Since they're trying to get millions of dollars of Arizona's money, the State of Arizona's lawyers have asked them to show their work, and they're complaining:
"The decision, and the need to decide how to apply it, raised a number of important questions on the education of these students that had been inadequately researched. Because of the importance of these issues for the civil rights of one-tenth of U.S. students, the Civil Rights Project worked with colleagues from four universities in creating a set of 9 research studies."[Featured News A Threat to the Integrity of Civil Rights Research in Arizona and Elsewhere, Friday, August 13, 2010]
Emphasis added. Yes, "one-tenth of U.S. students" are English learners, and a great proportion of of those are illegal immigrants. Not children of illegals, but illegal themselves. That may be part of the reason that they write
"Confronting researchers with a terrible choice — violating their confidential agreements with research participants or going to jail if they want to testify about information that the court needs and may affect the rights of a group of students who experience great difficulties in Arizona schools — is unconscionable."
One reason many "English-learner" students may "experience great difficulties in Arizona schools" is because they're deportable illegal aliens.Â Of course, that means that the schools are experiencing great difficulties, but that's not the Proyecto's problem.