Some California school districts are hiring extra personnel and coordinating resources for support services in preparation for the arrival in schools of the newest wave of illegal alien juveniles who have come across the U.S. southern border by the tens of thousands.
San Francisco Unified School District spoke of resources dedicated “toward both the short and long-term needs of unaccompanied immigrant children enrolling in SFUSD,” in an August 13 press release. In the release, San Francisco Board of Education President Sandra Lee Fewer said in part, “We have learned that it not only takes a village to raise a child; it takes a city, a state, and an entire national government.” Fewer additionally indicated they expect to continue to see an influx of illegal alien students, as she mentioned those “yet to come.”
The number of illegal alien minors coming across the U.S. southern border has been growing exponentially for years, according to government documents, as previously reported by Breitbart News.
Local California schools are facing budget changes in the year ahead. California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new state budget in June that “put severe restriction on local school districts to keep healthy reserves–their “rainy day funds”–to protect themselves against future economic downturns” reported Breitbart contributor and Flashreport publisher Jon Fleischman. Fleischman referred to the requirement as a “blatant flexing of political muscle by the California Teachers Association.”
Meanwhile, schools are apparently finding the money to hire new staff in order to accommodate the increasing influx of illegal alien juveniles. San Francisco Unified has expressed plans to hire several new employees to accommodate the “Newcomer students.”
In SFUSD’s release it stated, “The district has been monitoring enrollment and increasing the number of Newcomer seats at the high school level. Recent enrollment figures show that 250 more students have enrolled in SFUSD’s Newcomer Pathways programs compared to this time last year.”
Over 3,900 unaccompanied alien juveniles have been released to sponsors in the state of California from January 1 to July 31 this year alone. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement reported that only New York and Texas have seen more juveniles released in their states during this period, and nearly 37,500 have been released throughout the United States this year through the end of July. All of these children will potentially be entering schools throughout the country.
“More than 340 recently arrived immigrant students from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have enrolled in Oakland schools since last summer. At least 150 are known to have crossed the southwest U.S. border unaccompanied by parents or guardians and now await hearings in immigration courts,” according to the Contra Costa Times.
CCT reports, “Many are landing in cities that already had a large Central American community, such as Oakland, San Francisco, Richmond, Concord and Redwood City.”
The Oakland School District’s plans to hire “a “support services consultant” to help unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors navigate the state’s educational and support services,” Breitbart’s Caroline May recently reported.
A “director of English Learner Services at the Mt. Diablo school district said 19 new Spanish-speaking immigrants have so far enrolled in district middle and high schools.” Though exact statistics could not be given, CCT reported “an influx in students from El Salvador since January, mainly 15-17-year-old males.”
Support services have been listed as including legal services, housing, and other social services by San Francisco Unified School District. SFUSD says it will “continue to collaborate with city departments and school partners” in providing these services.