Texas will not use taxpayers ‘ money to educate illegal immigrants detained at the border

A picture of the inside of the U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility shows prisoners in fenced areas in the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Rio Grande City, Texas, USA, June 17, 2018. Photo taken on June 17, 2018. Thanks CBP/handout via REUTERS attention EDITORS – THIS picture WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. – RC1E987A5800


Texas will not allow schools to use public funding to the education of immigrant children, while they are housed in the federal detention – something that would cost millions, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has said.

The education bureau told Austin-based charter school group, Southwest Key, Promesa the Public Schools, that is schools that seek to serve immigrant students in the federal authority can’t “do with the state funding of education,” The Houston Chronicle.

Southwest Key, one of the largest non-profit organizations operating facilities for the children of immigrants in Texas, said the bureau’s attitude endangers partnerships of the shelters have been formed with at least two traditional school districts, which would have led millions of Texas taxpayers ‘ money.

Southwest Key-Nueva Esperanza, located in Brownsville, Texas, is a facility that shelters unaccompanied immigrant children.

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“I think that those who eventually are affected are the young people who are in the shelters,” Salvador Cavazos, the non-profit, vice-president for education services told the newspaper. “Because we are in a partnership, we would have been able to provide additional resources, partner with credit-bearing institutions, ensuring qualities and help them reach credits go to other public schools.”

Texas officials say that it falls under the legal obligation of the federal government for the education of the children of migrants.

This comes in the middle of the discussion about what to do with minors crossing the border illegally.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires school-age children in childcare receive at least six hours of structured education during the week.

Texas officials say that schools have to voluntarily provide assistance to shelters. But school leaders across the country say their schools are dealing with declining state funding for years, which makes it not practical to pay to provide services to students who are not technically enrolled in their districts.

President Trump signed an executive order that stopped family separations at the border in June.

The high council has previously determined that all children – regardless of immigration status – are entitled to a public education.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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