Immigrant Children, an Asset to Our Schools or an Education Budget Loss
Immigrant Children, an Asset to Our Schools or an Education Budgets Loss
Immigration is very often a topic of discussion in current events and national news these days. The influx of Central American children to our western borders seeking refuge and our administration plan for immigration reform gives us much to anticipate in the coming years. The impact of this immigration movement is currently experienced in our school districts as new immigrant children’s need for education does not wait for political agreements to occur. The question then becomes, should we be concerned with the abundant resources required to accommodate this new school population and with the type of impact it will have on the American children?
A Critical View
Some citizens believe that due the legal right for the many new illegal immigrant children to free public education other students will suffer. This may have a profound impact on public school students – an impact that will disproportionately fall on black and lower-income students, as they are disproportionately likely to attend public schools. (Kent and Almasi, 2014). Funds are allocated to provide resources such as English Language Acquisition Programs for children new to the English. Some school districts will staff bilingual aids in administration and classroom settings. According to Auerbach (2014),
The fact that there exists a large population of undocumented immigrants in this nation causes some unease among native residents and legal immigrants alike. The notion that these illegals could be using local, state, and federal services at the expense of already strapped budgets, however, accurate or inaccurate in truth, only exacerbates these anti-immigration sentiments. (Auerbach, 2014)
A Contribution Not a Resource Drain
While we may consider these sentiments, there is something we are...