Last Sunday, a reporter with The Arizona Republic published an article confronting all those who pose the question “what part of illegal don’t you understand,” which is frequently asked of him via comments in response to his publications. Having publicly supported the Dream Act in previous articles, E. J. Montini finally reached his limit on ignorance when he decided to answer this question. Indeed, he provided four answers. Below is a summation of what he stated.
1. He doesn’t understand how it is illegal to grant someone, who has lived here since infancy and graduated with honors from high school, the ability to pursue higher education. This is particularly true, considering we often times recruit people from other countries!
2. He doesn’t understand why politicians almost never listen to experienced educators, who can prove the benefits of allowing brilliant immigrant youth to continue their studies.
3. He doesn’t understand how the term illegal applies to children that moved here involuntarily too early in their lives, when in fact we spend an average of $70,000 in providing education for these children from kindergarten through high school.
4. He doesn’t understand how using such a term as illegal is fair – when it applies to both true criminals and over-achieving, dedicated students.
As a community, we should all commend Montini for his honesty and accuracy!
– Marianne Peterson