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Obama prepares schools for enrollment of migrant children
« on: August 13, 2014, 03:09:06 PM »
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/215059-obama-prepares-schools-for-enrollment-of-migrant-children

 By Mario Trujillo - 08/13/14 02:39 PM EDT

The Obama administration is preparing the nation’s schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.

A fact sheet from the Department of Education tweeted out on Tuesday highlights the children’s right to attend public school.

It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.”

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.

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.

The average immigration proceeding in the past has taken an average of more than 500 days, but the administration has given priority to the children to move to the front of the line, in an attempt to speed up the deportation process.

The Obama administration has blamed the influx of unaccompanied children on drug-cartel-fueled violence in the three Central American countries, while Republicans in Congress have said White House policies have led many of the children to believe they will be able to stay if they cross the border.

They have particularly criticized Obama’s decision to not defer certain people brought to the United States illegally as children. The White House is considering additional executive actions on the border, and it is under pressure from some activists to broaden its policies deferring deportations.

Congress failed this summer to agree to legislation to provide additional support for agencies handling the deluge of immigrants, with the House approving a $694 million bill focused on security and the Senate not moving any legislation.

The Obama administration has urged people to welcome the new immigrants, though it has also said that most of the children who have fled to the United States will be sent back to their home countries.

“Schools in the United States have always welcomed new immigrant children to their classrooms — according to the most recent data, there were more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners,” the fact sheet said.

The civil rights divisions of the departments of Justice and Education sent a letter in May warning districts to avoid enrollment practices that could “chill or discourage” children from signing up for school due to their perceived immigration status.

“These practices contravene Federal law,” the May 8 letter stated.

The letter pointed out that having children provide Social Security numbers or race and ethnicity data when enrolling must be only voluntary. It also said the age of the children could be proven using foreign records. 

So far this year, sponsors in Texas have taken on the highest number of children, with 5,280. Other large states trail slightly behind, including New York (4,244), California (3,909) and Florida (3,809).

More than 1,000 children have been released in each of six other states — Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, Louisiana and Georgia.

Concerns about the health of the child immigrants have also run rampant over the summer.

In its fact sheet, the Education Department points out the children receive vaccinations while in HHS custody.

The fact sheet highlights a number of federal resources that could be available to the children including programs to learn English. It also takes note of a U.S. law guaranteeing educational access to homeless children, a definition that could apply to some of the migrant children.

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Re: Obama prepares schools for enrollment of migrant children
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 03:16:38 PM »
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It says all children in the United States “are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status.”
Let me guess, there will be an unfunded mandate for all of the school districts to provide Spanish-fluent teachers for these little darlings. Good luck. In my state, hardly anyone speaks Spanish. This should be interesting.

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Re: Obama prepares schools for enrollment of migrant children
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 03:51:04 PM »
I have been wondering if anyone (any group) is going to get up the gumption to make some challenges to the ASSUMED meaning of Plyler v. Doe??

That decision that the left waves around as the justification for providing education to the illegal aliens isn't as cut and dried as they would like us to believe.

Here is a brief summary of some of the issues: http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/01/sorry-liberals-plyler-doesnt-mean-free-education-for-all-illegal-immigrants/#ixzz39jmvVmNF

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Plyler held only that, because illegal aliens are “persons” under the Equal Protection Clause, if states deny them free primary education, states must have a basis that passes “intermediate scrutiny.” Specifically, the Court held that a Texas law did not pass that test. Thus, Plyler: (1) does not apply to secondary and post-secondary education; (2) did not hold that public education is a right; (3) did not confer legal status on illegal alien children; (4) does not prevent an illegal alien from being arrested and deported; and (5) does not prevent a school from inquiring as to the legal status of and reporting illegal aliens. In fact, Plyler does not bar a state from denying primary education to illegal aliens. Plyler holds only that, if a state does so, it needs a better reason than Texas had in 1982.


One needs to weigh the extra costs, potential heath issues, and the further degradation of the classroom experience for our citizen children versus the risk of being called names and otherwise un-liked by the left...  (Oh, and don't forget all those "lost votes" too!!)

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Re: Obama prepares schools for enrollment of migrant children
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 03:57:06 PM »
Let me guess, there will be an unfunded mandate for all of the school districts to provide Spanish-fluent teachers for these little darlings. Good luck. In my state, hardly anyone speaks Spanish. This should be interesting.

In my state it is homeowners who get tapped the hardest to pay for public schools.  We pay "our share" based on the value of the house, and "the State's share" based on the same value.  Those two items make up the lion's share of our property tax bill, which is already substantial, and only promises to grow larger depending on how many of these little dahlings the local schools agree to accept without consulting anyone.

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