Skip to comments.More than 100 unaccompanied minors enrolled in Montgomery County schools
Posted on 07/30/2014 2:22:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
WASHINGTON -- Kids and teenagers who have crossed illegally into the United States on their own have been coming to Maryland and Montgomery County steadily over the last year. And in a briefing before the Montgomery County Council, school officials explained that a total of 107 unaccompanied minors, most of them of high school age, were enrolled in Montgomery County schools.
So what does next year look like?
"You know, we're waiting to hear at this point; we don't know what the numbers will be for the next school year," Montgomery County Public Schools' Spokesman Dana Tofig said after the briefing.
He added that the school system is preparing to help new arrivals address a host of issues.
"These kids are going to have a lot of services that they need," Tofig said, adding that they include services that will deal with social and emotional needs of kids who may have suffered abuse or been targets of human trafficking.
After Carroll County officials rejected a plan to house unaccompanied minors in their community, Gov. Martin O'Malley made it clear that his approach to housing children and teens who've crossed into the U.S. would focus on a plan to work with state and local agencies as well as non-profits, to house the kids in foster care.
But would there still be the need for a federal facility to hold the minors until their asylum status was clear or until placement could be made? Director of Montgomery County Health and Human Services Uma Ahluwalia told WTOP Tuesday that "there is no identified center in Montgomery County."
County Council member Nancy Navarro called for Tuesday's briefing, saying it was important for county governments to know what obligations they may be facing as the U.S. deals with the influx of up to 60,000 unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. Most of the immigrants have come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Many don't speak Spanish, but a Mayan language: Mam.
Council member George Leventhal asked about plans to assist the children and teens who've come to Montgomery County, adding, "I just want to say that I've only heard from constituents that want to help."
Council member Cherri Branson, who is winding up her term, prodded officials who had mentioned there was information on a website on ways people could assist.
"Come on now; don't make it hard! Just give up the number; how can they contact you?"
But not everyone is so eager to devote state and county resources to people -- even children -- who have come to the country illegally. Council President Craig Rice said during the briefing that he was hearing messages from some constituents via Twitter objecting to spending taxpayer dollars to meet the needs of unaccompanied minors.
Executive director of the group Help Save Maryland, Brad Botwin, also says he has issues with the way state and county officials are dealing with the influx of immigrants.
"To find out yesterday that they have over 100 so-called unaccompanied minors already in the public school system was kind of a shock to those of us who follow this issue," he said.
Botwin argues that the county school system is already dealing with crowding, and adding students with greater needs -- social and emotional as well as educational -- puts too much of a strain on the county.
"There are other ways to handle this issue -- we need to repatriate and reunite families back in their home countries," Botwin said.
O'Malley, who is weighing a bid for president in 2016, has made clear that the latest influx of unaccompanied minors should be treated as refuge-seekers, not illegal immigrants. State and county officials appear to be following his lead.
"Look, we've been a humanitarian country for a very long time, and been very welcoming to people that are fleeing areas of violence. That's kind of the way we've evolved as a country," Rice said.
The “unaccompanied minors” will be the protected class to end all protected classes. Nothing but the best for them. Hate crime charges for anyone who objects.
How cute. We’ll never be rid of this problem now!
So where do they live, who feeds them, houses them, clothes them, doctors them, and a slew of etcetera’s .. ???
Did they have to present the appropriate documentation that all other enrolling students in Montgomery County had to when they enrolled?
And they won’t be required to have a blue slip....unlike our kids.
So, teen age illegals that don’t speak English and on average only have a grade school level of education, if that, are being enrolled in local high schools at the taxpayers expense?
I’m sure this will work out just fine and is in no way a burden to the these schools districts.
When is the Government going to start caring about Americans again?
It no longer pays to be an American citizen. We’re taxed to the eyeballs while everyone else reaps the benefits.
Of course not.
” most of them of high school age, were enrolled in Montgomery County schools.”
Gee, I thought they were all cute little kiddies. Most of them are of MS-13 age.
Get ready for tax increases. You know.......it’s for the chirrun.
As mentioned in related threads, the states have never delegated to the feds, expressly via the Constitution, the specific powers to regulate, tax and spend for either pubiic schools or for immigration purposes.
I'm sure they don't. It used to infuriate me - stuff they sent home with my daughter would have a line for SS# and then add that you didn't have to have one if you are a "migrant worker". Why? Because they could check my income but the migrant worker would get free lunches automatically. I was a single mom and didn't qualify for free lunches (but I did get reduced lunches) but still, they got free lunches no questions asked while I still had to pay taxes that paid for their free lunch. Grrr.
Montgomery County seems a long way from the TX/Mex border. Why, pray tell, is the US government dispersing these kids so far and wide, and then in a year or so we’ll be unable to gather and repatriate them.
Of course, Montgomery County leads MD in its liberal orientation, so they truly deserve this. Is PG County, MD also getting these kids. That should be fun with a mass influx of Hispanics into predominantly black PG.
I just saw that American children need to provide a birth certificate and immunization records to enter schools and I doubt these illegals will have to provide such.
You didn’t see the up to $7,000 being offered to house them? Likely ‘family members’ getting checks. They do this with blacks as well. Grandma is picking up a monthly check for raising the crack babies.
Maybe I'm being a bit paranoid, but it occurs to me this is specifically to displace blacks as the number one minority.
muslims hate blacks and sell them into slavery.