Illegal Immigrant Kids May Overwhelm U.S. Schools

By:  Warren Mass
08/11/2014
       
Illegal Immigrant Kids May Overwhelm U.S. Schools

With more than 50,000 Unaccompanied Children (UACs) having been apprehended at the U.S. border since October, school distracts across America are bracing for an unmanageable wave of these children flooding into their schools in upcoming weeks.

“We haven’t started school yet, so we are all just holding our breath to see what's going to come on the first day of school,” USA Today quoted Caroline Woodason, assistant director of school support for Dalton Public Schools in Georgia.

USA Today also quoted Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School Board Association, who said, “One of the challenges here, though, is the large number of unaccompanied minors. This is a whole new wave of immigrant students that are coming without any guardians whatsoever.”

The report also cited statements from Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of the Miami-Dade County school district, which has the largest number recently-arrived immigrant children in Florida. The district requested additional federal funding last week to support the expected flood of new immigrant students. During the final three months of the last school year, the district enrolled 300 children from Honduras. While the district has an ample number of English-as-second-language teachers, as well as relationships with local social services, “there’s an unknown factor” about how the new students will affect the district financially, Carvalho said. Of course, those “social services” will also cost the taxpayers an unknown amount of additional funding.

Since most of the children coming here illegally are from Central America, they are not deported immediately back to their country of origin. The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, signed into law by George W. Bush, requires that children entering our country illegally be granted a court appearance to allow a judge to evaluate their particular situation. The law was enacted to prevent victims of child trafficking from being automatically sent back to those who had effectively enslaved them, but the authors of the act did not anticipate the massive increase in the numbers of such unaccompanied minors, which has clogged the immigration courts to the point of eliminating their effectiveness.

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