From the February 12 edition of Fox News' The Ingraham Angle:
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): The left, by the way, has told us that we aren't allowed to talk about the need for immigrants to assimilate into the American culture. That, too, is racist. Well, that's especially true, as it relates to the public school system.
The question is, why is assimilation, even in the school system, now controversial? Well, the reason is simple, but grossly punitive. They wish to inoculate the entire public school system in the United States, and thus, the powerful teacher's unions, from criticism -- even if it means a diminished product for the kids. The Center for Immigration Studies recently found 700 immigrant saturated school districts where half of the new students are from immigrant households.
Quote, “The number of children from immigrant households and schools is now so high in some areas that it raises profound questions about assimilation ... immigration has added enormously to the number of public school students who are in poverty and the number who speak a foreign language. Now, this cannot help but to create significant challenges for schools, often in areas already struggling to educate students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Joining us now is Steve Camerota from the Center for Immigration Studies. Steve, now, people are going to say the fact that we are even talking about this is mean-spirited and it's anti-Hispanic, and I will say, you know, we are calling you on your you-know-what, if you say that, because this is about kids and learning and the wonders of America.
Steve, I think in St. Paul there is obviously a very large Somali population, the largest outside of Somalia, in the whole world, is in St. Paul, Minnesota.
And I think about 80,000 people -- we are talking about Ilhan Omar, I think she represents that community, but the question is, when you have both a welfare state and you have public schools that have pulled back somewhat, for a variety of reasons, for inculcating sort of traditional American historical values, the great books, all the things that kind of bring us together in this common community of understanding -- that is a tricky mix, is it not?
I mean, open borders, welfare state, public schools that teach kids in some cases to really hate the American founding. That's a nightmare for assimilation.