#1 Education Department memo orders schools to take in illegal alien kids
08-14-2014, 02:09 PM
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Education Department memo orders schools to take in illegal alien kids
By Rick Moran
School districts across the country are being sent a memo from the Department of Education that insructs them to admit children regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.” It also says that all kids “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education,"
Oh really? "Entitled"? Only Congress can grant an entitlement and I don't recall any such legislation being passed.
Of course, the courts have ruled that these kids are eligible for an education, But congress and the courts are silent about how states are going to pay for this flood of new students.
The prospect of tens of thousands of children mostly from Central American countries attending school as they wait for their immigration status to be decided has the potential to be explosive after this summer’s emotional public debate about the border.
Several Republican governors have blasted the federal government for releasing many of the minors to sponsors in their home states, and protests in which demonstrators blocked buses from delivering immigrants to shelters erupted in June and July.
Now some state officials are worried about the additional costs they'll endure from educating the children.
"There are many consequences of the federal government’s failure to secure the border and the fiscal impact of educating unaccompanied alien children is certainly one of them," said Travis Considine, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).
Around 63,000 children, mostly from the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, have been apprehended this year trying to cross the border.
Many are in the 150 or so shelters operated around the country by the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education said those children would attend classes in those facilities.
A total of 37,477 children have been released to an appropriate adult sponsor, usually a parent, relative or family friend, according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Those children, who have been settled in all 50 states, would all be eligible to attend public school.
Many of the children could be spending the next school year in the United States.
Francisco Negron, general council for the National School Board Association, said there is no question that schools will accommodate the children.
"Public schools are keenly aware of their obligations to follow the law," he said, the children "come to us to receive their services and they'll get them."
But Michael Zola, head of federal advocacy for the school board association, said many question remain about the placement of the children and how long they will stay.
"A lot of folks at the local level want to know with a better sense of granularity what those actual numbers are for planning purposes," he said.
Good luck getting that "sense of granularity." Nobody knows how many kids crossed the border and disappeared into the interior.
Some areas, like northern VIrginia and Massachusetts, are likely to be inundated with new students - many whom don't speak English or Spanish and may never have attended a school in their lives. The permanent underclass we are creating as a result of our porous border will be affecting the country for decades to come.
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