This Republican has a radical plan to fix his budget: send kids that don’t speak English to meet with ICE.
To save Oklahoma’s budget up to $60 million, State Representative Mike Ritze suggested, “Identify [the kids] and then turn them over to ICE, to see if they truly are citizens.” If the kids are found to be non-citizens and then deported, the states save money.
Ritze may find educating both citizens and non-citizens unnecessary, but the Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that it is, in a case that stopped states from withholding education from undocumented immigrant children.
Ritze’s plan was even slammed by other Republican leaders.
Oklahoma Schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister stated, in response to the idea, “We shouldn’t try to fix the budget hold by threatening children. We are better than that.”
Governor Mary Fallin even responded by saying, "That’s not on the table for me. I’ll just take that off the table right now. Real simple.”
Though there is plenty of confrontation when it comes to the subject of immigration and illegal citizens, it’s nice to see that, when it comes to antagonizing children and threatening to remove them from their homes, people are fairly bipartisan in their disapproval.