I think the whole country has heard about the scandal the exploded last week at Miramonte Elementary School here in the Los Angeles area. I have listened to exhaustive coverage of the whole mess.
One of the things that stood out to me is that these people have preyed on the innocent and defenseless, and those more defenseless than most. I am not a fan of illegal immigration, I think it is wrong.
And I think illegal immigration made this situation more likely to happen. There’s an article in a Spanish language paper in which a parent complained a few years ago about a teacher’s aide and her inappropriate behavior to an 11 year old boy. The parent was in essence told to stop making up stories.
NO American born parent would have put up with that for an instant. But an immigrant, without knowledge of our system, was easy prey for the school system to shut them down.
American born parents would KNOW when their child told them a tale of some of the goings-on in those pictures that it was not normal or OK.
Immigrant parents are also afraid that they will be deported. They don’t know that the schools will do anything to keep their kids in school to increase class sizes and therefore funding.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is terribly broken — the whole system is broken. But that’s another post for another day.
Suffice it to say that illegal immigration, and the ignorance and fear it spawns, has a lot to answer for in this terrible tragedy. Of course, the people who perpetrated these acts are mostly to blame, but illegal immigration certainly made it easier.
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