Mainstream mislabeling of non-Americans, who are neither registered resident aliens nor naturalized citizens, as “immigrants” is a political victory for the media, and open-borders advocates. Substitution of terms, and collapse of meaning is called “conflation;”it is pervasive; even those who advocate legal control of our borders have adopted the “alt-lit” use of “immigrant” where “illegal alien” or “unregistered foreign national” is accurate.
This national protest is designed to show the importance of immigrants and their descendants to America. No protest is required. Just get the words straight, and you have a clear picture of who we are talking about. Any hyphenated American is still an American. “Green Card” and valid visa holders are welcome visitors. Subtract these people from the “Day Without Immigrants” activities and see who is left.
America is still a most attractive country in many respects. I understand why foreign nationals want to live here, it is vast, varied, wonderful, free, and full of opportunities. We have borders, and citizenship laws, like every country in the world.
What we do not have is a guest worker visa program large enough to accommodate our labor needs. This is evident because over 11 million people are living here without the benefit of such visas. Employers hire them to do the jobs they need done.
If all the energy, time, and money spent for these demonstrations were applied to getting Congress to authorize and expansive guest worker program, most of the illegal aliens could be legalized and have the benefits of official recognition and legal protection.
Civilized societies set behavioral norms, and prescribe consequences for violating those norms. For example, it is not okay to harm another person without cause; it is not alright to harass someone, or “disturb the peace.” Families can set broader boundaries inside their homes, but not in public. However, sadly misguided federal laws and rules subject public school children and their teachers to violent, threatening, disturbing, unpredictable, disruptive behavior every day, in the name of “equal education.” This violates common sense and the rights of the other children to a peaceful education.
In the so-called “real world” normal people do not put up with violent or disruptive people. The disruptive person is usually fired from a job in a work environment, ejected or arrested in social or public environments. Medical treatment is indicated, to the extent emotional disabilities or mental illness are involved; punishment and fines are indicated otherwise. In other words, society separates or isolates disturbed citizens and insulates normal citizens from their disruptions.
I do not know any normal, emotionally healthy people who are made to endure the disturbances of disruptive adults. Why do we subject our children and public school teachers to behavior normal society does not allow? Most teachers are not trained psychologists, and none of the students are trained to accept and deal with such frightening, threatening behavior either. Even if they were, there is no excuse for making public school so trying, and perhaps harmful.
The current federal laws paint children with “disabilities” and public schools with a broad brush when they require inclusion and mainstreaming without stipulation. Do they think normal classrooms are therapy for violent and disturbed students? Do they think the distress and disruption help normal students learn? Disturbed, violent, and disabled students need added, special resources and treatment that normal students do not. Why subject the whole class to special efforts that scare them, delay normal learning and deny them the knowledge they are present to obtain?
Special needs children deserve to be taught the same knowledge as other kids. Many special needs children are not disruptive. However, their special needs may require different teaching approaches and intensive, trained, instruction to attain that knowledge.
The advocates of “mainstreaming” tout the marginal benefits to special needs students, but blithely avoid discussion of the serious detriment to “mainstream” students and the teachers that must cope with the stress and interference required to produce those benefits. This attempt at social engineering is so obviously lame, it cannot stand a reality check. Does anyone remember when even whispering in class, and passing notes were punishable infractions? They were infractions because they distracted students and teachers from the purpose of the class. Has this idea expired from political correctness?
If the needs of the few can be met without expense to the many, I say, so be it. Find another way to fulfill the needs of violent, threatening, and disruptive students.