The Left’s Elite Class of Entitled Refugees
Thankless migrants make demands of Pennsylvania school district
Ungrateful refugees in Pennsylvania are suing the local school district, claiming the education they are receiving isn’t good enough.
The students, who range in age from 17 to 21, hail from Somalia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burma, and are being represented by the Pennsylvania American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has clearly forgotten it was established to protect the civil liberties of Americans — not the ability of foreign refugees to make demands of those states gracious enough to house them.
Americans should be making demands of immigrants, not the other way around.
“The refugees hoped to enter McCaskey High School, known for its superior academic program, but instead were sent to Phoenix Academy, an alternative high school for ‘underachieving’ students in the district,” Fox News reported last Thursday.
These students were placed in an “underachieving” school because they are, by any objective measure, underachievers compared to the advanced students of McCaskey.
“[The district] believes the lawsuit is without merit,” Superintendent Damaris Rau said in a statement. “We are confident we are doing an excellent job supporting our refugee students who often come to school with little or no education.”
Rau explained that the students were sent to Phoenix Academy because it has a special “acceleration program” specifically designed for students whose level of education is far behind their age. The program gives them the opportunity to earn credits toward a high school diploma by age 21.
That program includes remedial reading classes, ESL classes, after-school programs, job and computer skills training, and even mentoring services — all at the expense of the Pennsylvania taxpayer. But this is not enough for these refugees.
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These entitled refugee ingrates are effectively demanding that the advanced American students of McCaskey High School put their educations on hold while their teachers play catch-up with those whose reading, writing, and arithmetic abilities are years behind where they should be.
The audacity of these refugees to make demands of a country in which they have no natural right to be in the first place represents the twisted new relationship that has arisen between America and those who immigrate here. Americans should be making demands of immigrants, not the other way around.
Thanks to the efforts of the Left, however, we shower refugees with free stuff without even the hint of a demand for allegiance in return. At the end of 2015, the Center for Immigration studies determined that the five-year cost of an average refugee from the Middle East is a staggering $64,370.
Refugees also get other goodies courtesy of the American taxpayer, goodies denied to other immigrants. They are immediately eligible for a full range of government benefits, from Medicaid to food stamps to housing subsidies.
It’s no wonder refugees behave as if they have the right to make demands of the American people. For years the Left has treated immigrants and refugees like they have a God-given right to reside in America, and now immigrants and refugees are acting like they have a God-given right to reside in America.