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August 28, 2014 - 6:58 am

The Department of Justice sent out a memo to local schools in the U.S. a few weeks back. That memo ordered schools to take in illegal aliens without verifying anything about them — not their legal status, not their residential addresses, anything.

U.S. citizens cannot get away with that. When citizens move into a new school district and enroll their kids at school, they usually have to provide some form of proof of address, to ensure that their children are in the right school in the correct district. Much school money depends on enrollment and attendance.

But with illegal aliens, it’s a different story.

CNS reports that that different story is having a bizarre outcome.

The mayor of Lynn, Mass. says that some of the illegal aliens from Guatemala who are enrolled in her city’s public schools are adults with graying hair and “more wrinkles than I have.”

“They are not all children,” Judith Flanagan Kennedy told reporters at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

“One of the things that we did notice when we were processing some of these students coming in was that they were adults,” she said.

One of these “kids” turned out to be 35 years old.

Kennedy said that the majority of those from Guatemala who are enrolling in the Lynn Public Schools claim to be between 14 and 17 years of age.

“But there were people with graying temples, hair around the temples,” said Kennedy, adding that although she did not see these individuals in person, she saw photographs of them in registration paperwork. “There were people with more wrinkles than I have around their eyes.”

However, the school district was directed by the federal government not to verify the age of the foreign enrollees, Kennedy said.

Enrolling adults as “kids” in public schools full of actual kids. No, surely, nothing can go wrong from this.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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"the school district was directed by the federal government not to verify the age of the foreign enrollees"

And the federal government got such authority.... where?

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I would never argue all such people are pedophiles, but would not pedophiles be disproportionately attracted to this scam?
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Were I a parent of, say, a 14 year old child in one of those schools, I'd sue the living S*** out of the city, state and federal government, for placing my child in imminent harm over unvetted ADULTS masquerading as adolescents in the school.
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What are all you Haters complaining about? Just hire lots of new teachers (at $60K+ per year), including lots of teachers from Central America who can speak Spanish but not English, and of course they'll all pay union dues to the Democrat party via their teacher's union. Stop being so dysfunctional! Aprende hablar espanol. And then learn to read El Koran en Espanol. Sorry I dont have one of those squiggly n's on my keyboard, I must be a racist.
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Until you get rid of your racist keyboard, please use the following table:
á = Alt + 160
é = Alt + 130
í = Alt + 161
ó = Alt + 162
ú = Alt + 163
ñ = Alt + 164
É = Alt + 0201
¿ = Alt + 168
¡ = Alt + 0161
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What better place for a 27-year-old gang leader to hang out than in the local high school?
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"the school district was directed by the federal government not to verify the age of the foreign enrollees"

And the federal government got such authority.... where?

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Better question is why the school districts would obey such an order. The answer can only be in the unholy alliance between the Progressives at the Federal and State level, the school administrators and public service/ teachers unions. The fix is in - the local people get job security, wonderful pay and benefits and pensions that average 4 or 5 times those of a social security schlub. No way that boat is getting rocked. The Progressives are essentially engaged in a protection racket - they even fight against something as reasonable as a voucher system for underprivileged kids in poor performing school districts - simply because they threatens the union hegemony.
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This is insane and probably criminal. In most if not all states students cannot enroll in schools at the beginning of the year after they reach the age of 18. Some may turn 18 during their senior year, but if they haven't accumulated enough credits to graduate by the end of the year, then they have to complete a GED.

The school systems are already overcrowded as it is, and many teachers are overburdened with students who lack the appropriate grade level essential skills, the disastrous result of social promotion. To flood this system with adult illegal aliens is going to create havoc and put severe strain on underfunded schools.

These adult illegal aliens don't want an education anyway to begin with. Most of them can't read or write, don't speak English, and are uneducable. What are the teachers supposed to do with these people? They don't have the resources or the training to deal with adults who can barely function above an elementary level.

Moreover, these illegals don't want to be educated because they have no intention of assimilating into American culture. They don't want to learn the language or adopt the customs. They're just here for the handouts and benefits. They don't have homes, they certainly don't pay property taxes that fund the school system, and they probably never will. How is an illiterate adult illegal alien with little or no skills going to ever find meaningful employment? He or she is not. But as long as the federal government is content to provide him and with shelter, food stamps, and health care, he or she can eake out a meager living doing low wage unskilled work in a permanent underclass. This is the new American Dream?

Look, when I went to school it was hard. Starting in the 5th grade, everyone had to take the California Achievement Test (CAT). Students were grouped in classes based on their test scores. This is known as homogenous grouping--if you scored in the top 3rd, all the other kids in your classes scored in the top 3rd, and the same for the middle 3rd and the lower 3rd. In other words, the students were all grouped by skill level. These groups each had different classes, textbooks and curricula. This allowed the teachers to teach to the skill level of the students. The purpose was to teach a student in the lower 3rd the necessary skills to move into the middle third and then ultimately into the top 3rd. It was all about preparing the students for success at the next level. The top 3rd were being prepared for college and professional careers, the middle 3rd for employment in non-professsional careers, that is those that do not require a college degree but may require a license from a trade school, and the lower 3rd for minimum wage employment but employment nonetheless.

Not everyone needs a college degree, but the students who wished to pursue one and had the necessary skills to achieve one were given instruction to that effect so that they could become doctors, lawyers, professors, accountants, business managers, engineers, architects, and the like. The students who wished to pursue a trade, become a mechanic, electrician, plumber, or contractor, were given instruction to that effect; it does take essential skills to get through trade school and become licensed. The students who simply wished to get a job were given instruction to that effect; it is necessary to be able to speak, read and write, and perform simple math, to do just about any job.

The point is that each of these careers reguire different skill sets, and the school system was set up to teach to those skill sets. Hey, I know mechanics that make more than doctors, but they had to have the essential skills and the drive to do that.

What essential skills and what drive do these adult illegal aliens have? None. They just want the free lunch and access to teenage girls. The age of consent in Mexico in 14. In some Latin American countries it's as young as 12. So you're going to put 20 and 30 year old adult illegal aliens in a school with teenagers, under the instructions of the Department of Justice? How do you think that's going to work out?

Homogenous grouping, rigorous standards and exemplary education went the way of all things in the 80s. Now it's heterogenous grouping. Just throw all these kids into a class regardless of skill set. How is a teacher supposed to design lesson plans for students who are functioning at an 8th grade level and students who are functioning at a 3rd grade level at the same time? But little Juan is 14 years old, he belongs in the 8th grade, social promotion at its finest. It doesn't matter what his skill set is. It doesn't matter that he can't perform at this grade level. The teacher can't fail him without drawing the wrath of the principal. School districts are given federal funding based on attendance and passing rates. Teachers who fail over 10% of their students, regardless of skills are driven out of the system.
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You are incorrect about not being able to enroll in high school after the age of 18. In most states you have to be 6 years of age to enroll in the first grade. Couple that with being held back a year or two and you could easily be 19 or 20. In most states you can attend high school though your 21st birthday.
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Yes, but that's not the way it works in Texas. I turned 18 shortly before graduation, but if I hadn't completed the necessary credits for graduation, I wouldn't have been allowed to enroll in the next school year. I would have had to get a GED.

The point is that forcing schools to take in illiterate adult illegals and putting them in a class with teenagers is a recipe for disaster. How is a teacher supposed to teach a class like that?

And I was a public school teacher for twenty years, so I'm just asking.
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I would never argue all such people are pedophiles, but would not pedophiles be disproportionately attracted to this scam?
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This has the potential to create numerous problems in local schools. In some localities, there are probably enough illegal alien "children" to require building some new schools. And, of course, the school authorities are prohibited from verifying health status of these "children". We all know who will end up footing the bill, and it won't be the DOJ.

And just wait until one of these "children" turns out to be an adult pedophile.
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Or trafficker.
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Were I a parent of, say, a 14 year old child in one of those schools, I'd sue the living S*** out of the city, state and federal government, for placing my child in imminent harm over unvetted ADULTS masquerading as adolescents in the school.
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I can't fathom why a class-action lawsuit against *somebody* hasn't already materialized. Our society seems to have gone completely limp.
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Illegal aliens have more rights than I do. The fed gov't should be sued by we the people. The fact I have no real world recourse makes me laugh at the absurd idea I'm living in a democracy. Who voted for this bizarre immigration bureaucracy? Can I vote them out? Can I vote insane lawyers out of the DOJ?

Let me tell you what I am allowed to do. Stand by and watch these morons destroy America.
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"Illegal aliens have more rights than I do."

Legalize them at once! That way, they won't be able to get away with this.
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Dream on, Joseph!
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