Will the man-caused humanitarian crisis at the border become the education crisis in our schools?

bus-schoolBy Brad McQueen

It’s never too early to start thinking about registering your kids for school this fall, but the line at your local public school may have just gotten a little longer if the Obama administration has its way.

You may have heard there’s a crisis at our southern border where it is estimated that over 90,000 unaccompanied minors will arrive this year alone, inundating an already overwhelmed U.S. Border Patrol.

Currently in Nogales, Arizona there is a makeshift Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) processing center for unaccompanied children built to house 1154 children already accommodating 900 kids arriving primarily from Central America.

This facility provides accommodation, food, and healthcare to the children before they are moved to transitional shelters elsewhere. I say “elsewhere” because no questions were allowed during a recent reporter’s tour of this facility in which Arizona Daily Independent reporter Mathew Perez took part.

Some of these illegal immigrant children may be connected with relatives in the United States, but what will become of the other tens of thousands of kids who have no relatives and are relocated “elsewhere”? Where will they attend school when the new school year gets going in our southern border states this coming August?

This question came to my mind because I teach here in Tucson, and every year our schools already see a steady stream of illegal immigrant children enrolling, burdening our already stretched educational resources.

When a child is registered at our schools they need only show that they live within the boundaries of the area that their school serves, usually by showing a rental agreement or utility bill. They do not have to prove that they are living in our country legally.

This is in accordance with the Obama administration’s legal guidance to states and school districts in 2011 that states that schools cannot require proof of citizenship or block students if parents cannot prove their legal residency.

In a psychic hotline moment, just before the current humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children illegally arriving at our borders last month, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder along with the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan again clarified federal guidelines emphasizing “Public school districts have an obligation to enroll students regardless of immigration status…”.

Is the Obama Administration forecasting its intention to create yet another crisis by inundating our schools with illegal immigrant children and thereby having another crisis which they will “not let go to waste”?

Perhaps there will be yet another stimulus fund bag of money to help with this “newly” created education crisis, with newly created federal strings?

Maybe only those states that have adopted and implemented Common Core will be eligible for this emergency funding?

Perhaps only comprehensive immigration reform will take care of this ideally timed crisis on the border? And if you oppose immigration reform this time you also oppose helping poor, orphaned kids dying in the desert as they cross the finish line/border all by themselves with the prompting of Obama’s neon sign reading, “Welcome home, apply for benefits and to be a future democrat voter after you’ve gotten your cookies and milk.

Perhaps I am being too cynical? Or am I being too realistic?

The Arizona Department of Education’s residency guidelines warn our schools here in the Grand Canyon state, “Any school district or charter school that cannot demonstrate the accuracy of any student’s residency status may be required to repay the state aid received for that student.”

The residency guidelines further clarify, “The residency of a student is determined by the residency of the parent or guardian with whom the student lives.” In the case of these illegal immigrant children, there are no parents, so they will therefore become de facto wards of the state at the U.S. Border Patrol’s “foster care agency” being developed by the Obama administration.

These illegal immigrant children will inundate our social services and our schools creating a domino-effect of crises that will be used by the Obama administration to extend the reach of Big Government yet again into the states.

One of the most far-left members of Congress and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) might be confirming President Obama’s intentions. According to Grijalva, he visited the Nogales illegal immigrant children’s processing center because, “We need to know the extent to which officials are properly using the resources available within the community.”

Rep. Grijalva’s equally far-left daughter, Adelita Grijalva, Governing Board president of the failing Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), coincidentally accompanied her father “to see what resources the Tucson Unified School District could offer the children” according to a source within TUSD.

What could a Tucson school district possibly offer these illegal immigrant children at this point, except perhaps enrollment in this district followed by federal education crisis funds guided by her Congressman father? Or maybe their motives were purely altruistic.

I truly hope that my predictions are overly cynical. However, based on the history of progressives in general and this progressive President in particular, I believe I am being overly realistic.

bradBrad McQueen is a former Common Core insider and current public school teacher in Tucson, Arizona and is the author of the anti-Common Core book “The Cult of Common Core”. Connect with Brad at cultofcommoncore@gmail.com

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