In the United States, schools must accept the children of illegal immigrants as students. But one mother and educator says the children of illegal immigrants enjoy a different standard in proof of immunization than those of American citizens.
“Public schools must accept illegal students and not require the same registration paperwork for admission as we would a U.S. citizen,” the Florida educator explained, speaking to The Epoch Times under the condition of anonymity for fear she would lose her job.
“Most troubling,” she added, “is many districts allow illegal students admission and services for up to 90 days before they are required to present records like proof of residency or immunization.”
“The teacher’s concerns about illegal migration and unaccompanied minors in Florida are valid,” Christina Pushaw, Press Secretary for the Executive Office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told The Epoch Times. “The Biden administration has been an abject failure on immigration. In fact, mass illegal immigration is the administration’s policy, regardless of the damage it’s doing to our communities.”
The educator explained that, because they cannot deny registration of these students who provide no documentation, these students are referred to the Public Services. Because they have no immunization records, they are also referred to the local Health Department and given “three months to get their paperwork done and submitted.”
“However,” the educator noted, “no U.S. citizen can enroll their child without proof of immunization.”
The Health Risks
“As Governor DeSantis said last month, Biden campaigned on ‘shutting down the virus,’” Pushaw noted. “But instead he has ‘imported more virus from around the world by having a wide open southern border.’”
“You have hundreds of thousands of people pouring across every month,” DeSantis said during an Aug. 4 press briefing. “Not only are they letting them through, they’re then farming them out all across our communities across this country. Putting them on planes, putting them on buses. Do you think they’re worried about COVID for that? Of course not. Who knows what new variants are out there? But I can tell you whatever variants are around the world, they’re coming across that southern border. And so he’s not shutting down the virus, he’s helping to facilitate it in our country.”
The educator said the federal government and teachers unions know about the restrictions placed on American citizens for school enrollment. Yet they continue to “ship” the growing number of illegal immigrants around the country, forcing school systems to take in the children and ignore the rules applied to American children.
“Everyone’s hair is on fire that ‘the children’ of this country need to be immunized to attend any level of education, that they are mandated to wear masks to protect others,” the educator said. “Yet, the federal government is shipping these children everywhere and we need to accept them immediately, regardless if they have COVID or haven’t been immunized for COVID or any other communicable disease.”
“Two weeks ago, Governor DeSantis wrote to Secretary (Alejandro) Mayorkas, demanding that the Department of Human Resources immediately cease any further resettlement of illegal aliens in Florida, and that the aliens instead be removed from the United States,” Pushaw noted. “Floridians welcome responsible, lawful immigration that serves the interests of our state and the American people, but we cannot abide the lawlessness that the Biden administration is aiding and abetting on the southwest border.”
“Everyone frets about fixing our immigration system,” the educator explained. “We actually have the laws, they are just not being implemented, enforced, or followed. We worry about the ‘costs’ associated with illegal aliens coming into our country. However, the total costs are never fully calculated because, again, the federal government diffuses these people around the country into every community. The costs are diffused amongst different budgets and line items.”
“Once we are aware that these students do not have a permanent residence, any legal documentation, school records, etc., we cannot report them,” the educator said further. “We can lose our jobs, be fined, and sued by notifying any law enforcement agency. We must provide a ‘safe zone’ from law enforcement enforcing the laws of our country.”
In fact, the American Civil Liberties Union provides educators with an outline of what American schools are legally required to provide to illegal immigrant students as well as what they cannot do to avoid civil rights violations.
As outlined by Public School Review, schools cannot:
- Deny a student enrollment based on undocumented status;
- Require different procedures to determine a student’s residency;
- Engage in any activities that may discourage a student from enrolling;
- Require students or their parents to document their immigration status;
- Ask questions that may expose a student’s immigration status;
- Require a student’s social security number for enrollment purposes.
In the meantime, the National Association of Secondary School Principals provides illegal immigrants a Tip Sheet to help them navigate public assistance programs.
“Florida’s state and local law enforcement agencies deserve full transparency on where illegal migrants are being resettled in our state, including unaccompanied minors,” said Pushaw. “The problem is that state and local law enforcement do not have the authority to deport illegal immigrants. Enforcing our immigration laws is the federal government’s duty, and the Biden administration has been shamefully derelict in this duty.”
“Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, local law enforcement is never given specific information about individual illegal immigrants destined for their jurisdictions,” Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis told The Epoch Times, adding that he is “surprised that the federal government is not partnering with local law enforcement” to verify that the people crossing our borders are telling border agents the truth about their identity and destination.
“I would think that they would want to verify that the person is actually living at his or her proposed destination,” Nienhuis added. “Why? Simply because if the information given by the illegal immigrant at the border is a lie, it would be a huge red flag to law enforcement that the person is a terrorist, a wanted fugitive from another country, or a member of an organized criminal enterprise. The sooner we know that the person was untruthful the better.”
“Immunization records are required for all K-12 students in Florida, except in cases of individual medical exemptions,” Pushaw explained. “Many years of real-world evidence shows us the required vaccines are very low risk to children and confer enormous benefits, protecting kids from diseases that have a much higher pediatric mortality rate than COVID-19. The immunization requirement isn’t just about the well-being of the school community, but the health and safety of migrant children. If the same immunization requirements are not applied to migrant students, that is emblematic of the hypocrisy of the Left—they claim to care about the well-being of illegal immigrant families, but do not care whether unaccompanied minors are protected against serious diseases?”
“I have students that I adore and I know their status,” the educator shared. “We are such a compassionate country and we bend over backward to provide for them. The only thing that really bothers me is, I know American parents can’t walk in the door and register their child for school without the proper documentation without being sent away. We’re holding American parents to these standards but we’re not holding others to those same standards.”
“Children aren’t responsible for crimes committed by their parents,” Pushaw conceded. “However, it is a matter of common sense to enforce the same rules for all students, including unaccompanied minors.”
“Right now, our big buzz word is ‘equity.’ But at this point we are beefing certain people up to such an extreme that we’re making it ‘unequitable’ to someone else,” the educator added. “We’re taking away from American’s and not giving them the same chance. I don’t think that’s fair.”
“We can lose our licensing, we can be fined. We can be civilly attacked,” the educator explained. “It’s horrible.”