Tuesday, August 9

NO CHILD OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS LEFT BEHIND

To its credit (did I really write that?), the "Los Angeles Times" published an exhaustive editorial in yesterday's edition delineating the wide-ranging impact of illegal immigration on public school education in California, citing issues within the Anaheim Union High School District as symtomatic of the contradiction in terms between the Bush Administration's "No Child Left Behind" education iniative and the virtually unfettered illegal immigration that is swelling the ranks of Spanish-speaking immigrant children in public classrooms on Bush's watch. While no immigrant child is left behind (federal law mandates that they be given a public education), the consequences of this taxpayer-subsidized beneficence may well include leaving a lot of American school children behind because of the severe financial drain on educational resources, the rampant over-population of classrooms, and the problems teachers face in coping with students who do not speak and write English.

It's a long read, but a worthwhile read. As the editorial points out, Caifornia, the nation's most populace state, is home to "nearly a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants" -- 2.4 million -- and the Pew Hispanic Center "estimates that 350,000 of those are under the age of 18." Additionally, "another 600,000 are U.S. citizens" -- children born in California to illegal immigrants.

LAT's editorial provides but one example -- one set of insights -- of why "cheap labor" is so much misleading propaganda when it's used by activists and apologists alike in lobbying for a de jure open borders' policy. When you allocate the taxpayer-funded costs of educating illegals, providing them with healthcare, incarcerating the lawbreakers in their ranks, and giving them a veritable social safety net back to the hourly wages they're being paid by employers illegally employing them, their real wages become anything but cheap!

HAT TIP: Ken Masugi at the "Local Liberty Blog"