Oklahoma is experiencing budgeting problems with their education. Oklahoma’s House Republican Mike Ritze sparked controversy on Wednesday, May 10th. Ritze proposed to solve that by turning 82,000 children that are learning English as a second language to immigration officials.
It is an attempt to catch families who are living in the country illegally in hopes of reducing the amount of students the state pays for. The proposal would save Oklahoma $60 million, however this did not sit well with other Republicans and they don’t support the proposal.
Joy Hofmeister, a Republican Superintendent for the Oklahoma schools, doesn’t support the proposal by saying that children shouldn’t be threatened. Hofmeister called the proposal “shameful,” and also defended with a fact that the Supreme Court made a decision in 1982, stating that public schools must serve all students equally, despite what their immigration status is. Immigration and civil rights organizations said that education is an essential right that ICE officials can’t take away from anyone.