The below letter to the editor was published in the Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News today.
LETTER: School choice bill would allow taxpayer-funded vouchers for children living in U.S. illegally
Since Pres. Biden was sworn in, we have all seen the unforgettable images of the now literally millions of “migrants” crossing the rivers in Texas and gaps in national security in Arizona to enter the U.S. illegally. The truth is most of these people are coming to America in violation of our already extremely liberal immigration laws “for a better life.” Many are either bringing their children with them or sending for them after arrival.
It is also true that the Democrats who run the federal government have not only encouraged this illegal scheme and stood by and watched as these illegal aliens swarm the southern border – but have also loaded these illegals onto busses to be distributed all over the nation. Many are landing in Georgia where we already host more illegal aliens than Arizona.
The insanity doesn’t end with the Democrats. I learned last week that a group of Republican state lawmakers here in Georgia is pushing hard to pass legislation next year that would require Georgia taxpayers to fund K-12 private school education for illegal alien children. It would be part of a “school choice” plan in which education dollars ‘follow the student…” The group is called the ‘Freedom Caucus Network’ and is 100% GOP.
As a black, conservative American who votes Republican, it is impossible to express my own outrage that any politician would suggest that we increase the benefits already offered to illegals and thereby make Georgia even more attractive to the endless stream of illegals the GOP claims to want to stop.
Cherokee Rep Charlice Byrd is a member of this “Freedom Caucus” group. We hope she can explain why illegal aliens would be included in taxpayer-funded private school education when it is so easy to exclude then from any such legislation. This political trick will not create a better life for Americans in Georgia.
Note, Everett is a dear pal, a former thirty-four year neighbor and a member of the board of advisors, the Dustin Inman Society.