Are Children Of Illegal Immigrants

1107 Words Sep 17th, 2014 5 Pages
Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a Public Education?

Waking up in a homeland, a state or province, or a place of familiarity is a given for most kids, but what if one day, by no fault of their own, a child was to be uprooted and taken to a new world, so to speak. They are taken from all that they have known and been thrust into a new way of life for their family. The country, the culture, the language, the life style, and even the education is all new. Their family has chosen this path as a way of betterment for them. This is a destiny for the child that was chosen by their elder family members or parents, but not one that the child has had much say in. As difficult as this life changing event will be, Imagine for a moment what it would be like if the child was denied a public education because their family was in the country illegally. A better way of life? More opportunity for work? Better environmental conditions? What is it that brings people from other countries to risk it all to come to our country? Maybe it is the open invitation we have had displayed on our very own Statue of Liberty:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-lost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door! 1

Maybe it is a little part of each of the above mentioned. This is a topic that has been debated for years. While it is aperient that the forefathers of our…
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