A Hawaii high school teacher reportedly faced heavy backlash after he sent an email Wednesday to fellow faculty members announcing his refusal to teach illegal immigrant students.
“This is another attack on the president over deportation,” James Campbell High School social studies teacher John Sullivan wrote in response to an email from a school counselor citing nationwide statistics on students staying home from school over fears of deportation, as reported by Hawaii News Now.
“Their parents need to apply for immigration like everyone else,” he added. “If they are here in the US illegally, I won’t teach them.”
Somehow, someway, the email wound up in the hands of the media, where attacking the president is all in a day’s work:
And not surprisingly, backlash quickly began brewing, with Sullivan reportedly being summoned to principal Jon Henry Lee’s office later Wednesday afternoon for a lecture.
“I just reminded him again that we don’t discriminate against any individuals,” Lee recalled. “We’re going to service all students that are registered in our school.”
Likewise, Sullivan emailed Hawaii News Now later that same afternoon claiming the whole situation was just a “misunderstanding.”
“My comment in the email refers to (the email’s title) if students is (sic) kept home, teachers cannot teach them,” he wrote.
That sounded like an excuse — a poorly crafted one designed to appease his critics, for better or worse. It was more likely that he still believed he should not be forced to teach illegal immigrant children, but had been pressured by the backlash to claim otherwise.
Out of fairness, it should be noted that education for illegal immigrant children costs American taxpayers at least $52 billion per year, according to a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform published four years.
A more recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that the cost per “unaccompanied alien child” has doubled since fiscal year 2010 from $8,217 to $17,613 in 2017.
All in all, the cost of illegal immigration to the American taxpayer is simply staggering.
It did not appear that Sullivan would necessarily face any disciplinary measures over what he said, but that may change.
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