Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Migrant Invasion of American Schools

No one seems to care and no one seems to be covering the story. No one except the New York Post, that is.

As though Democratic politicians and teachers unions had not done enough damage to the growing minds of children with their lockdowns, now the Biden administration has found a new way to destroy public education. Way to go, Joe.

The problem is simple. The Biden administration, having opened America’s Southern border to hordes of invading migrants, including large numbers of children, has now taken to throwing those children into public schools. This has, the Post reports, created a classroom crisis.

Need we say, the children do not know English. Most do not even know Spanish. They are likely to be illiterate and innumerate. Placing them in classrooms with children who are functioning at grade level disrupts everything and makes it nearly impossible for any child to learn anything.

America’s crisis at the border is now a crisis in New York public schools.

The Biden Administration is flooding New York City and Long Island communities with thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors captured crossing the Mexico-US border, often arriving here, as The Post recently reported, via clandestine flights in the middle of the night.

The arrival of these children, mostly teenage boys, in local schools is creating a classroom crisis that is strapping educational resources, costing taxpayers millions in un-budgeted dollars, and aiding gang-recruiting efforts, argue parents, teachers and immigration experts.

“We’re at maxed capacity for kids with special needs, but they’ll keep sending them,” lamented one high school teacher in Queens, among the communities hardest hit by the illegal-immigrant student dump.

New York City and Long Island are hotspots for shipping children rounded up illegally crossing the border without guardians, according to recent US Department of Health and Human Services data.

Fifteen counties nationwide have received more than 1,000 unaccompanied children caught at the border over the past year, reported HHS. The top five counties on the list are all in Texas, California and south Florida.

But four of those 15 counties are right here in New York: Suffolk (1,528), Queens (1,314), Nassau (1,064) and Brooklyn (1,046). The Bronx nearly made the list, with 461 unaccompanied students. New York is the only state in America with four counties receiving more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors, despite its 1,700-mile distance from the southern border.

The 1,528 children released into Suffolk County is sixth most of any county in the nation. The HHS list includes only those counties that received 50 or more minors for the 11-month period from Oct. 1, 2020 through Aug. 31, 2021. Manhattan and Staten Island were not on the list.

These numbers are on top of the legal and illegal immigrant children arriving, or who already live here, with parents or a guardian. An estimated 504,000 undocumented immigrants live in New York City, according to a 2020 report by the city’s Department of Education.

The surge in migrant crossings during the Biden Administration has included a reported 125,000 unaccompanied minors.

The resulting influx of unaccompanied children into local schools becomes “a giant unfunded mandate and enormously unfair to the communities that are forced to accommodate these kids,” said Jessica Vaughan, the director of policy for the Center for Immigration Studies. “It causes enormous challenges for the schools, a disruption in the quality of education for all and sometimes even a crime problem that wasn’t there before.”

One Brooklyn teacher said his ninth-grade English language arts class this year has 13 children from Ecuador alone, noting that educators are not privy to a child’s legal status.

And also, parents feel under siege. Yet, there is no national movement to rectify the situation and to save the educations of American children:

But unaccompanied immigrant children often surprise administrators, teachers, students and parents when they show up suddenly at local schools, many with special education needs, minimal school time at home, and unable to speak English. Some of these children, from indigenous Central American cultures, don’t speak Spanish either, notes Vaughan.

“Most parents are not even aware this is going on,” said Sam Pirozzolo, former president of the Community Education Council on Staten Island, while those aware of potential problems are afraid to raise politically incorrect concerns amid an angry cancel culture that forbids dissent.

“Parents are under assault, period,” he said. “They’re already called domestic terrorists for standing up for their children. It’s difficult enough worrying about your own children, your own families and your local neighborhood politics but then have to worry about another issue. Parents are under siege as it is.”

And let’s not forget the cost:

Concerns about failing education, strained school resources and children falling prey to gangs come on top of the crushing financial burden new students place on taxpayers.

New York City and Long Island schools spend an average of about $28,000 per student, per year. The addition of nearly 6,000 students means $156 million in added tax burden because the feds shoved immigrant students into local communities.

And you were wondering why American children are lagging their peers on all measures of standardized testing. Apparently, the Biden administration, following an example set by the Obama administration, is actively trying to dumb down the population.


Anonymous said...

I went to 1-12 school in a Boston suburb in the late 40's and 50's. Every year we would get a couple of immigrants, most from Eastern Europe, who spoke no English. The teacher would introduce them and ask the class to help them adjust. Within 3 months they were all speaking English and by the end of the year you wouldn't know their native language was not English.
The problem today is that we try to accommodate the immigrants native language and that puts them on a track for failure; usually dropping out of school. Children can easily learn another language especially if it is encouraged rather than discouraged.

Sam L. said...

I trust you can understand why I say that I despise, detest, and totally distrust the Democrat Party and their LEFT hangers-on.

Sam L. said...

And, of course, despise,detest, and totally distrust the NYT and the WaPoo.