Sarah Darville at Chalkbeat talked to educators about their experiences with refugee students:
For our students, it’s not safe for them to go back. That saying, ‘Nobody leaves home unless home is the mouth of shark,’ that’s the situation. None of these families would volunteer to come to America. These aren’t families that that was their goal. None would have chosen to lose their homes, their culture, language, food. I’ve been [around] refugee camps and watched this process of resettlement. It’s often long and terrifying ordeal. The U.S. is known for having a long and stringent process. And in the Denver community, those [countries targeted by Trump’s recent executive order] are seven populations we receive the most.
I have been in conversations with education policy experts, some of whom are shockingly comfortable compartmentalizing education policy as somehow separate and distinct from the other actions of this administration ... like its immigration policy, for example. I have some news for those folks ...
Meanwhile, in Canada:
In November, the [Canadian] government changed its electronic immigration-selection system, called Express Entry, to make it easier for international students to become citizens. And a bill pending in the Senate would restore a rule that counts half of students’ time spent studying in Canada toward the period of residency required for citizenship ... According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the country’s immigration department, immigrants already make up 75 percent of the annual net growth in the country’s work force and are expected to account for 100 percent within 10 years. The strategy, which builds on a decade-long trend and was formally laid out in 2014, seems to be working. In the 2015-16 school year, Canada’s international student population grew 8 percent to more than 350,000 — equal to roughly 1 percent of the country’s population. The number of international students in the United States is less than one-third of 1 percent of the population.
Damnit, Canada! Why do you have to keep being more generous and pluralistic than us?! As Craig S. Smith of The New York Times continues in the article from which I grabbed that excerpt, there are long lasting positive economic implications to a generous immigration policy. That's something we in the United States seem to forget once in a while.
In other news, Damon Young of VSB is tired of reading Trump voter apologias:
Unfortunately, as much as I want to believe in the latent goodness of Trump supporters — which, apparently, just needs some understanding and some sensitivity (and perhaps even some Ralph Tresvant) for that goodness to be extracted out — there’s this annoying little thing preventing me from doing that. They voted for him. He made no effort to hide or spin his racism and sexism and hate for Muslims and Mexicans and non-alternative facts, and they voted for him. He’s done nothing since being elected and inaugurated except exactly what he said he was going to do.
It's true, he's actually doing the bigoted stuff that folks in the media argued was tangential to his appeal. I'll be over here, waiting for his supporters to repudiate his actions on the grounds that they assumed the overt racism was just apolitical ploy.
Still waiting ...