As the rest of the public is fixated on the spread of Ebola and the never-ending conflict in the Middle East, the children who have immigrated into the United States from Central America are still having trouble adjusting to life in America.
The New York Times recently published an in-depth story that shed light on immigrant children who have not been enrolled in school yet despite their legitimate residence in the district.
These children haven’t been able to enroll because of the bureaucracy that stands in their way.
The process is not an easy one for immigrants. Some schools require more than immunization records and proof of residence, they also need an affidavit from the property owner confirming the address.
For the schools, it’s about ensuring that these potential students live where they say they do. Because most schools are underfunded as is, adding students puts more stress on their facilities.
It’s imperative these schools find a way to ease up on the red tape to let these kids into their classrooms.
It’s appalling to think that children who are escaping brutal violence in their home countries are not getting an education while they are here.
In order to alleviate the burden on the schools, the federal government needs to address this issue by providing schools emergency funding to accommodate for the influx of students.
Some public officials have already begun proposing these ideas, but the legislation has yet to be approved. Every day that passes is another day wasted where these children could have gone to school and begun their education.
This divide has led to social tensions between Hispanics and whites, The New York Times found. One student said a gym teacher had told two Hispanic children who showed up late to gym class “go outside to do 50 push-ups and come back when they were residents.”
These children did not risk their lives to come here and drain resources, they came to have a better life. We cannot sit here and speak highly of the American Dream when we don’t afford other people the same opportunities.
The United States is known for setting a gold standard and being a melting pot. It’s time to earn that reputation rather than looking down at those who are coming to America under duress as second-class citizens.