Consequently, we must question the impact that this sudden, massive arrival of illegal minor children will have on Texas Independent School Districts (ISDs). The Clear Lake Tea Party (CLTP) believes that a few chief issues must be addressed prior to the start of the September school year:
- Is your local ISD adequately funded to deal with the influx of so many illegal alien minors, at the cost of $9,064 per student?
- Do the schools in your ISD have adequate security measures and staffs to manage a large influx of non-English speaking illegal alien students that have grown up in violent countries of origins, been brutalized by traffickers and cartel members, or traumatized by the experience of getting to the United States? Do your schools have the capability of managing youths that are members of or affiliated with criminal gangs?
- Are the schools in your ISD prepared to accept illegal alien students from Central American countries that do not have the quality of health care as in the United States? Are health protocols in place to protect our children from common diseases endemic to the Third World?
According to the Office of Border Health, the list of communicable diseases crossing the border is staggering; including but not limited to Chagas, Scabies, TB, Leishmaniasis, Dengue Fever, Valley Fever, Measles, Pertussis, Polio, Pinworms and Hepatitis. "Our communities, and certainly our schools, are not prepared to deal with this. The politicians in Austin should be concerned for our children," says Mary Huls, President, CLTP.
The questions of ISD funding, resources, security, and health safety are immediate concerns with so many school age children crossing the Texas border. All Texas ISD's should immediately begin planning to accommodate this surge and begin discussions with Texas state and federal legislators. We must begin the crisis planning immediately to address the catastrophic wave of minor school age children that could be enrolled in Texas schools this coming September.
Therefore, the CLTP implores Governor Perry to call a Special Session so that the Texas Legislature can uphold their responsibility to the citizens of Texas and deal with all of the peripheral issues as a result of the influx of persons crossing our southern border illegally. We believe that waiting until the January session is not a cost effective or civically responsible maneuver to deal with these urgent issues.