Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Students warned to prove Texas residence or leave"

Is it wrong that I don't have a problem with that headline?

"Students living in northern Mexico
have skirted residency requirements to attend U.S. public schools for generations, but when the superintendent in one Texas border town got word that about 400 school-age children were crossing the international bridge each day with backpacks but no student visas, he figured he had to do something."

Now, at this point in the Yahoo! News article, I'm hoping Kelt Cooper is going to find a way to stop the illegal kids from coming into his schools. I'm not sorry to admit this, but if you are here in this country illegal, child or adult, for a job, to live or just to go to need to either go back home to your own country or be working on becoming a legal U.S. citizen.

Better education in the U.S. be damned...isn't it a little like rewarding the families with that education by showing their kids it's okay to break the law?

"Like parents elsewhere who send their children to a better school across town, some parents living in northern Mexico send their children to American public schools believing they are safer and offer better education. Many also hope a U.S. education will provide better access to American colleges and universities." Ummm, maybe so but that doesn't make it right!

"He directed district officials to stake out the bridge and warn students they could face expulsion if they don't prove they live in the district — a move that's brought complaints from civil rights groups and support from anti-immigrant proponents...Texas schools get funding for each student. Statewide, it works out to about $9,400 per student, primarily from local property taxes and state supplements designed to balance rich and poor school districts. Additional grants from the federal government for low-income and special education students account for about $920 per student. Cooper estimates his district of 10,000 students would lose $2.7 million if 400 students were expelled."

We always hear that teachers are overworked and have crowded classrooms. In places like Texas, let's put a stop to that by cracking down on teaching illegal aliens in our schools.

"These kids have all the rights to an American school," said Casillas, a 49-year-old who grew up in Del Rio.

Oh hell, no, they don't! If they are here illegally and undocumented, then they are breaking our American laws and do not qualify for our educational system. If they are here legally and documented, then yes, they do. I'm not a Texas tax-payer, but if I were, then I'd be HOT over this! I wouldn't want my tax money going to help fund the education of an illegal alien. I don't care that his/her parents' are sending them over the border daily. Just because Mommy or Daddy tell them to do it, doesn't make it right.

"Citizenship doesn't give you the right to attend school. Residency does," said Elena Castro, assistant superintendent at California's Calexico Unified School District." This is a load of crap and it shouldn't be a case of residency to establish where you can go to school. If that were the case, could I have just moved to the campus of my college of choice to attend classes there? I don't think so.