Hispanic Children of Immigrants Missing From Schools In Alabama
So, we all know that skipping school is completely unacceptable a pretty common thing, right? Sometimes, you just have to miss. You’re sick, face some type of family tragedy, have some type of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, or you just don’t feel like it. Well, in Alabama, over 2,000 kids suffered from one of the above for a few days now. In fact, they may not be returning to school any time soon, if at all. Even more interesting, every one of these school children is Hispanic. Hmm…Why would that many kids of one race choose to miss school all at once?
The answer is simple. Alabama has passed a law saying any student who comes to school there must have a birth certificate—which seems like a pretty harmless request in and of itself. Unfortunately, this is seen as a way to weed out illegal immigrants and a lot of parents are afraid of sending their children to school for fear they will be questioned and carted off by immigration. The law went into effect last Thursday, and absences of Hispanic students on Friday immediately shot up to over 2,000. By this past Monday, they were at over 2,200!
School superintendents have stressed to the public there will be no consequences for those who cannot provide such identification (which sounds like bull—no point to a new law if there are not consequences and enforcement), but the parents are pretty well scared. This, again, brings the immigration reform issue into question. Children born here are citizens. If our intent is to curb or slow down illegal immigration, what do we accomplish by hindering the education of our youngest citizens?
If we are not careful, we can create an entire sector of underprivileged and uneducated young people who did not get the opportunities allowed them because of the actions of their parents. Surely there’s a more nuanced way to handle this than inciting fear in hard working people who are trying to educate their kids.
Source: Yahoo News