by John Hawkins | November 8, 2007 6:55 am
In a rather bizarre turn of events, the Tucson Police Department will no longer send the border patrol to pick up illegal aliens at local schools because of a small protest by 100 students,
The Tucson Police Department will no longer call the Border Patrol to schools or churches when officers determine that suspects in their investigations are illegal immigrants.
The decision was prompted by protests sparked by the deportation to Mexico of a man and the voluntary return with him of his wife and two sons. The family had told police they had been here illegally for six years.
The incident occurred after police were called to TUSD’s Catalina High Magnet School on Thursday because one of the sons in the family allegedly was found in possession of marijuana there.
School officials said the 17-year-old also appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic substance.
On Tuesday morning, more than 100 students, mostly from Catalina, gathered outside TPD headquarters, 270 S. Stone Ave., to protest the removal of the boy and his family by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Police called Border Patrol officials after they had been told by the family that is had been in the country illegally, police officials said.
..The district’s stance on the issue was clear: “We don’t want immigration laws enforced on our campuses,” said TUSD Superintendent Roger Pfeuffer.
He, deputy superintendent Patti Lopez and police officials including Assistant Chief Roberto VillaseÃ±or, met as the protesters waited in a orderly fashion outside the station.
…”We think that shouldn’t be allowed, because school is where we’re supposed to be safe,” said Mario Portillo, 16, a Catalina 11th-grader whom students identified as one of the protest organizers.
“No matter if you’re an illegal alien, you have the right to an education,” Portillo said.
First of all, just to be crystal clear, if you’re an illegal alien, you do not have a right to an education or, for that matter, to continue to be in this country. Whether you are 17 or 70, whether you’ve been here a day or a decade, the penalty for being here illegally is deportation — and you don’t get a pass if you’re in school.
Moreover, setting aside from the fact that’s it’s not right to use taxpayer dollars to educate people who aren’t supposed to be in this country in the first place, it’s completely counter-productive to allow illegal aliens to send their kids to school here. That’s because if illegals know that their kids can’t get an education in the United States, it will strongly motivate them to go back home. Conversely, if an illegal feels that his children can get a better education here in the United States than they can in his home country, it gives him another powerful reason to stay here.
That’s why no illegal alien should be allowed to go to public schools in the United States.
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