Friday, May 9, 2008

Slamming the Schoolroom Door

Think Progress reports:

"The North Carolina Attorney General’s office decided yesterday that undocumented immigrant students cannot attend public colleges in their state. This decision to cut off opportunity for one group of North Carolina residents affects even those children who have gone to North Carolina public schools since kindergarten, and cannot remember ever living anywhere other than North Carolina."

So, your nation's long-term interest depends on (a) an educated, competitive, and loyal next generation, and (b) winning the hearts and minds of the world for democracy.

Given the choice between (1) educating children of undocumented workers in this country, treating them with kindness, and giving them the best possible start in life, or (2) pitching them out of school on their backsides, their American Dream in ruins, themselves humiliated, broken-hearted, and enraged, what do you do?

Well, if you’re a “compassionate conservative Christian,” the answer’s obviously (1), right? Who among these compassionate conservative Christians would fail to remember Jesus’s teaching: “If you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto me”?

I don’t recall seeing the footnote, “except undocumented Mexicans.” I mean this was a guy who hung out with robbers, whores, Republicans . . . .