If you want to know where the ‘unaccompanied alien children’ have gone, check with two local agencies—the local department of education and the health department.
There is nothing especially new or surprising in this report from the Gazette unless you live in long-time ‘welcoming’ Montgomery County, Maryland (I once did), but it does say one new and interesting thing to me—the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement sent over 100 of the ‘children’ (really teenagers!) there in the previous school year. I wonder how many taxpaying residents knew that?
School begins in Montgomery County on Monday.
Nearly 50 unaccompanied minors from Central America have been sent to Montgomery County Public Schools since July to attend classes this school year, Superintendent Joshua P. Starr said Thursday.
The 47 children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were directed to the county school system through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, Starr said at the county school board’s Thursday meeting.
“We don’t know if the number’s going to go up,” he said.
Last school year, the refugee resettlement office sent 107 unaccompanied children to the school system. Most of the minors were high school students, Starr said.
Starr said system officials are aware that minors from Central America are also entering county schools through avenues other than the refugee resettlement office, such as through their families. He said school officials discussed the issue during the summer.
The issue goes beyond the school system for the county. Montgomery County Council members met with representatives from public agencies and nonprofits in late July to learn about the situation in Montgomery regarding the immigrant children in its communities.
Assessing their emotional needs!
The system is determining the students’ educational and social-emotional needs and working to address the situation with others, such as the county and nonprofits, he said.
All citizens of Montgomery County are not as eager as Leggett and Starr to welcome the mostly Central American teens:
School board Vice President Patricia O’Neill said at the meeting that, in her experiences talking with county residents, “a lot of people have been very concerned” about the unaccompanied children in county schools.
All of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors’ surging across our southern border is here.
Update! Just so you know! Reader Julia sent us several links about TB in Montgomery Co. Maryland schools, the highest in the state due to the large immigrant population, here.
About the photo: Blogging partner Judy has recently written two posts at Potomac Tea Party Report on Thomas Perez. In my view he is next in line behind the man himself (Obama), and then Attorney General Eric Holder as one of the three most dangerous race-baiters in America.
See ‘Perez stirring up racial strife‘ here and the follow-up post here from earlier this past week.
PTPR has an extensive archive on Perez, check it out by clicking here.
Last I heard Perez still lives in Montgomery County in that far-left mecca of Takoma Park. Watch for it! When the Obama Administration ends, Perez will be back and be a major political force in Maryland (if not nationally). Is making guacamole with Leggett earlier this month a first step in his return?
Time to get out?