[2/23/17] While deporting the criminals known as illegal aliens now inspires protests, deporting from class teachers who express support for immigration law is often considered just — even when they express their opinions on their own time.
First there’s Collier County, Florida, elementary school teacher Veronica Fleming, who was reassigned to administrative duties after posting a Facebook message opposing last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants.” Then there’s an unnamed Prosser, Washington, elementary school teacher placed on leave after using Facebook to encourage people to boycott the event and report illegal aliens to authorities.
There are also teachers on leave in Jurupa Valley, California, for creating what have been described as “controversial social media posts.”
EAGNews.org tells us that Fleming “linked to a Chicago Tribune story about the nationwide protest and offered her take on the situation,” opining:
The funny part about immigrants staying home is the rest of us who pay for them are here at work like we’ve always been. Looks like less mouths to feed today. Have fun while you still can. So glad to hear about massive deportation. Let’s make America great again. Thanks Donald Trump!
This inspired complaints from some parents, according to Collier County Public Schools spokesman Greg Turchetta. In the school, writes the Naples Daily News, “96 percent of the students are minorities” — which, of course, means they’re the majority. Does this make Fleming a persecuted minority?
Moreover, in taking pains to point out the school’s demographics, are the mainstream media implying that illegal migration should be viewed as a minority issue? Or, are they saying minorities have a problem obeying the law?
And illegal migration is what’s addressed in the teacher’s comments and the protest to which she objected; after all, legal immigrants don’t have to worry about deportation.
This illegality was explicitly referenced in the case of the Prosser teacher, who taught at Keene-Riverview Elementary School. The Yakima Herald reports that she “provided information on how to contact the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to ‘report illegal aliens.’”
The Herald continued, “They will need to know names, locations (either work place or residence) and any other specific information you can provide,’ the post said.”
“‘If this offended you in anyway [sic] do me a favor and unfriend my American a[**]!!!’ the post said.”
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