From the AP:
Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration.
Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities.
There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they planned to leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students’ immigration status.
But they’re not leaving the country, they’re headed to sanctuary states:
A school worker in Albertville — a community with a large poultry industry that employs many Hispanic workers — said Friday that many families might leave town over the weekend for other states. About 22 percent of the community’s 4,200 students are Hispanic.
It’s striking to me that no one dares to argue these folks should leave and try to come back legally. That isn’t even part of the discussion. They can flee and become a problem in another state due to the lack of any federal enforcement of, well, you know, laws.
Instead, we get the tears:
Many of the 223 Hispanic students at Foley Elementary came to school Thursday crying and afraid, said Principal Bill Lawrence.
Nineteen of them withdrew, and another 39 were absent, Lawrence said, the day after a federal judge upheld much of Alabama’s strict new immigration law, which authorizes law enforcement to detain people suspected of not being U.S. citizens and requires schools to ask new enrollees for a copy of their birth certificate.
Bad people, who expect folks to follow laws and who end up making children cry. The children are afraid! Boohiss. Mean bad people. What of the other students, the ones forced to deal with the consequences of so many resources being funneled to deal with the vast influx of ESL students? In our old neighborhood in Virginia, the Spanish-speaking kids outnumbered the English speakers, and teachers spent more time speaking in Spanish than they did in English. Great education.
But it’s mean and heartless to point out the obvious ripple effects of the federal government failing to secure the border.