By Lynn Woolley
November 30, 2011
Texas Governor Rick Perry famously signed a bill granting
in-state tuition rates for
children of illegal aliens.
Now, some school districts in the state are taking that as a mandate to
go the extra mile to encourage illegals to continue breaking our laws.
“Si se puede!
Si se puede!” says a flyer from the Temple Independent School District
in Central Texas. In Spanish and
English, the handout asks Hispanic students and parents if they need money to
go to college – then, makes it clear that even those in the country illegally
“Tu residencia legal no es problema.”
The flyer offers several freebies to those who attend a
College Vocational Night for Hispanics:
vouchers to feed a family of four for a week
in filling out paperwork for scholarships and financial aid
And, of course, everything is presented in Spanish as well
as English to be sure to cater to an expected crowd that not only flouts our
federal immigration laws, but also refuses to learn our language.
You can blame school officials for being politically correct
and non-judgmental to the point of being ridiculous, but they shouldn’t get all
the blame. The food vouchers,
which can be renewed each month, are federally funded through a 21st
Century Community Learning Center grant.
And, since Texas is one of a handful of states that provide in-state
tuition rates, the schools simply pick up the ball and run with it.
The flyer lists the League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) and three area colleges as co-sponsors. You’d expect LULAC to support such activities – but why
would American educational institutions aid lawbreakers, and even go out of
their way to reward them?
We asked Temple Superintendent Dr. Robin Battershell. “Facts are that TISD and other
districts have had limited success in parent involvement,” she said. “We along with others continue to seek
ways to involve parents in improving discipline, educational opportunities,
etc. Experience has shown that the
more involved the parent, the better the student does.”
Dr. Battershell’s attitude that “parents are parents” is
likely typical of most school district heads. She makes no distinction whatsoever between parents who are
American citizens, those who are legal residents and those who broke our laws
when entering this country. It’s
an attitude that drives immigration hardliners up the wall, but it flows from
the signals that come from the federal and state levels. Dr. Battershell says as much when
addressing our coverage of this issue on the radio:
“According to your show's teaser, you take exception to the
‘Residency’ phrase. Once again, by
law, public schools are required to serve any child that comes in the door and
thus involve the parents of that child.”
She’s right about the letter of the law. But it is the districts – not the law –
that make the decision to hold seminars about how to game the system of
financial aid, give out freebies generously provided by taxpayers against their
will, and boldly state that residency is “no problema.”
Many Texas school districts, unhappy with the state’s system
of school finance, sued the state.
But when it comes to redistribution of taxpayer wealth to foreign
nationals and their children who are in Texas illegally, they are only too
happy to comply. After all, our
very conservative governor signed that bill.
Lynn Woolley is a Texas based
radio talk show host. Contact him
through his website at www.BeLogical.com.