Elementary students speak of watching their parents dragged off by federal agents as their parents arrive to pick them up from school. The youngsters are left abandoned as their parents are led off in handcuffs. Such disturbing facts reveal the impact on the schoolchildren of federal immigration raids that have taken place on school grounds.
To help stop the trauma and protect students — the majority of whom are themselves American citizens — CTA is seeking legislative approval for AB 132, a CTA-sponsored measure by Assembly Member Tony Mendoza (D-Van Nuys). Mendoza, a former teacher and CTA member, has authored the bill to put into express state policy that immigration raids should not disrupt classroom instruction except as necessary to protect public safety.
I'll admit that I haven't read the law myself, but will assume that the law states something akin to what California Educator stated above. Since federal agents would not be bound by this state law, is this really anything more than racial grandstanding by CTA and Señor Mendoza? How much of my dues money is CTA spending "supporting" the passage of this law?
Who is really at fault when immigration agents "drag off" parents in handcuffs? Is it the agents who are enforcing the law, or is it the parents who broke the law?
I know what let's do. Let's write a similar law. Whenever DEA agents bust into a drug house, and they find children present, they must put down their firearms and politely ask the adults to stop manufacturing illicit materials. Since children must not see their parents being "dragged off" in handcuffs, the agents must request that the adults accompany them to unmarked cars, where they will be taken to "dinner".
In that situation, whose fault is it that the kids might see their parents "dragged off" in handcuffs--the DEA agents, or the drug-peddling parents?
If you don't want your kids to see you in handcuffs, don't break the law. Why that is such a difficult concept for some escapes me.