Thursday, May 13, 2010

Putting politics over students

The Highland Park high school girls basketball team from near Chicago
won their conference championship and have been raising money from selling cookies to pay for the trip to the tournament. However, the tournament is in Arizona so the Assistant Superintendent Suzan Hebson has ruled that they can travel partly because based on safety and partly on principle.
She said no one knows yet how Arizona will enforce its law, which requires police to check the papers of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.

But she also said traveling to Arizona "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values."
What are her fears for safety? Does the team have illegal immigrants who may be committing crimes while they're at the tournament and so have to show their documents? If not, what possible safety concerns could she have now in May that she hasn't had since the team qualified for the tournament? Why punish the students just so she can make a political point? But there are, apparently, no illegal immigrants on the team.
"We would want to ensure that all of our students had the opportunity to be included and be safe and be able to enjoy the experience," Hebson told the Tribune about the tournament. "We wouldn't necessarily be able to guarantee that."

Parents said there was no vote or consultation regarding the decision, which they called confusing, especially since they say no players on the team are illegal immigrants.
And it is not as if the school has a policy of preventing kids from going out of state on school trips.
“The school has sent children to China, they’ve sent children to South America, they’ve sent children to the Czech Republic, but somehow Arizona is more unsafe for them than those places,” he said.
Just think of that. It was fine for them to travel across the world to a country where dissidents are jailed and those from a religious minority, the Falun Gong, are imprisoned and their bodies mined for organs, but officials don't want the girls to travel to an American state that has a law designed to enforce provisions that have been on the federal law books for decades.

This isn't keeping the Olympics team back from Moscow because the USSR invaded Afghanistan. This is an example of a school official using her political beliefs to make a statement at the expense of a team of student athletes who had worked hard for a goal and now are being used as pawns for the assistant superintendent's political grandstanding. For shame.


tfhr said...

Maybe the concern that Arizona is dangerous stems from the fact that Phoenix is the kidnapping capitol of the the United States and generally regarded as second only to Mexico City for world ranking.

I suppose it would be too much to ask the esteemed school administrator to understand the place of illegal immigration in the cause and effect relationship that creates such an environment where drug related and human trafficking abductions flourish at an unprecedented level.

Parents and taxpayers in that school district need to remove Hebson from a job she is clearly not fit to hold. Meanwhile, the citizens of Arizona must retake control of their state on their own when the federal government abdicates its responsibility to provide for the safety of the American people.

bobdog said...

This has a lot more to do with the libtard political beliefs of this school administrator than it has to do with any concerns about her athletes.

Suppose she was stopped at a random midnight roadblock, videotaped, forced to produce valid proof of her identity, including a valid drivers' license, proof of auto insurance, and a green card if she is not a citizen. Failure to produce a valid visa or green card results in her immediate detention and possible deportation. As always, force is authorized if she attempts to flee or becomes belligerent.

She can be forced to take a breathalyzer test, a drug test, or a field sobriety test, and submit to a physical or canine search of her auto, under an immediate search warrant if she does not "voluntarily" comply.

If she has firearms in the car, she will be forced to display a valid Firearms Owner Identification card, and will be subject to immediate arrest and confiscation of her weapons if she cannot comply.

Suppose she "looked suspicious" because she was driving an old car through a tony north shore suburban neighborhood.

Oh, wait. That's not Arizona. It's Illinois. And it happens all the time.

Arizona is different how, exactly?

ic said...

based on safety

No place is as safe as Chicago where National Guards patrol the streets to protect the police from AK-47s.

Pat Patterson said...

After this news was widely dessiminated and a backlash was evident Hepson now claims it's a matter of safety. So she seems to be saying that all those white people are crossing the streets clutching Modelos and leering at the girls.