So doesn't seem just a little fucked up that some people want to deny public education to the children of illegal immigrants?
Is it right to deny someone a basic right based on their citizenship status? Immigrants have the right to trial by jury, and they have the right to life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness just as much as any other American citizen. So why is it that we want to deny their children the chance to become educated?
Illegal immigrants should not be eligible to receive Social Security and the like, but their children should not be punished. No matter what way you slice it, telling a child that he or she cannot receive an education because mommy and daddy are not legally citizens is entirely unjust. It is wrong to deny another human being the basic rights that you enjoy simply because said human being is not a "legal" member of your society. Denying these children the education that every human on this planet deserves completely flies in the face of the notion of Christian charity.
If you can't accept this on a philosophical level, then let's try a pragmatic approach. How often do illegal immigrants get deported? Are we seeing mass deportations happening? The answers to those questions are not as often as some might like, and no. There's little we can do to keep them out, and there's even less we can do to get them out. So knowing that their children will probably be here for a long time, wouldn't it be more advantageous to educate them so they can be useful to society?
Nah, that's just idealistic horseshit, right? Well considering that gangs are primarily made up of uneducated minority kids, I think it would be to our advantage to not deny education to any child, if only for the reason that it might result in less violent, gang-related crime. Just as well, not educating them pretty much screws them from ever obtaining their citizenship in the future.
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I realize the situation is a little more complicated than that, and that we can't always uphold all of our principles in the face of reality and pragmatism, but one should at least feel that disavowing education to children is regrettable. I get the feeling that many, many Republicans have little, if any, compunction about it.