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Stop Texas GOP Witch Hunt of Undocumented K-12 Students

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A new era of McCarthyism is looming over our heads.

Texas state legislature is on the verge of passing a slew of anti-immigrant bills that make Arizona look tame in comparison. The most heinous one is HB-22. Proposed by Debbie 'McCarthy" Riddle, the legislation would mandate K-12 schools in Texas to collect and report the immigration status of all students.

This is an unfunded mandate with only one central purpose: create and sustain a climate of fear by maintaining a registry of young undocumented students. HB/SB 22 is unlikely to save school districts any money since they cannot expell any students based on their immigration status. On the other hand, the additional staff hours and forms required to collect such information will be a costly endeavor.

Additionally, parent-teacher/school relationships are likely to deteriorate when school administrators start asking parents for their papers. As the Houston Chroncile states, "demanding proof of a child’s citizenship doesn’t inspire warm, fuzzy feelings about joining the PTO."

Immigration reform is critical. But the job of a school is to educate and not adjudicate such matters.

We need to tell Texas state legislators to come out firing against this bill.

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