Huppenthal Asks Feds to Pay for Education of Unaccompanied Minors Bused to Arizona

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Ashley Cusick
John Huppenthal at yesterday's press conference.
Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal is asking the federal government to pay the costs associated with educating unaccompanied immigrant minors here in what Latino activists say is brazen political posturing.

At a press conference, Huppenthal released a letter he penned to Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, asking for the funding.

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"Having to pay for the tremendous educational costs associated with the federal government's failure to secure the border is not new to Arizona taxpayers or Arizona schools," Huppenthal writes in the letter. "What is new, though, and what is unprecedented, is the federal government's actions to relocate at least hundreds of unaccompanied minors, mostly school-age teenagers, who have illegally crossed the border into other states, to Arizona's cities and towns, where they will attend Arizona schools."

Huppenthal says Arizona shouldn't have to pay for the costs associated with educating such minors. So far, there are 202 known students brought to Arizona under these circumstances, though at the press conference Huppenthal said there might be up to 1,000 more already in-state. The cost to the state of the 202 known students has been approximately $1,026,564.

In his letter to Duncan, Huppenthal demands more information on how many children the federal government plans to bus into Arizona.

Huppenthal also expresses concern about rumors that President Obama may soon issue an executive order giving some form of amnesty to illegal immigrants. At the press conference yesterday, Huppenthal stressed that it's important for the Obama administration to make sure it has thought through any such action. "We just know it could have enormous impacts. Has the analysis been done?" he asked.

Huppenthal says a lack of information on the number of students being bused to Arizona has already prevented the state from preparing properly.

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Ashley Cusick
Huppenthal presented this chart on potential costs to Arizona schools if an amnesty order is issued.

But Latino activists say the comments by Huppenthal, who's running hard for reelection in Tuesday's Republican primary, have an ulterior motive. The United States Supreme Court already has determined that states have no choice on whether to educate all children within their borders, no matter what their immigration status.

"It's political pandering," says Lydia Guzman, National Chair of the League of United Latin American Citizens' Immigration Comittee. "He's trying to get the extremist vote right before the primaries."

But Huppenthal disputes the charge. He claims his office received multiple media requests asking him to address this issue, and he said yesterday's press conference was simply a way to address such concerns all at once.

Guzman doubts this. She says his comments were "like making an announcement that the sky is blue. What he should really be concerned with is educating all kids."

In June, Huppenthal publicly apologized after being outed for comments he wrote anonymously on conservative blogs, including one calling for a ban on Spanish.

Yesterday, a reporter asked Huppenthal outright if he is racist against Latinos. Huppenthal responded by naming several Latino friends in his social circle growing up. "That's my background," he said. "I'm immersed."

Huppenthal said some people have the wrong image of him. "My true image is I'm dedicated to our low-income, high poverty neighborhoods," he said.

Notably, Huppenthal didn't say "no" in response to the question.

"If you're not a racist, you might as well say 'No,'" Guzman says. "If it barks like a dog, it's probably a dog."

Huppenthal sent his request to Duncan yesterday, and says he will press for an immediate response. If Huppenthal wins next week's primary, he will move on to the general election to be held on November 4.

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61 comments
Diane Parker
Diane Parker

get your president to pay for them, he wants them here.

Tom Corpron
Tom Corpron

Government officials that make racists remark should be charged with a hate crime.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Just have the Huckster make some calls (robo). I am sure his for profit charter schools would be happy to take these kids in. And don't forget all those tax payer vouchers to private and religious schools. For all the public tax money they are getting they can take at risk kids in as the good Christian thing to do, sheltering widows and orphans and victims of violence.

Joe Downs
Joe Downs

Jimmie sounds like a lovely, well adjusted guy.

Donnie Walker
Donnie Walker

He may or may not be racist, but I don't see addressing this issue as racist. The government is dumping bus loads of children on us, with no families to pay tax dollars that fund their education. If the government is going to force these kids into our already crowded schools, then they should front the bill for the education.

Jimmie Ray King
Jimmie Ray King

Fuck illegal aliens!!!!!!!!!Every liberal should be forced to pay for these criminals, or better yet adopt one or two of them.

Jona Henry
Jona Henry

Always quick to ask Feds for money...

Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

racist for asking the federal government pay for a problem they created? Grow up...

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

LMAO I bet Arne Duncan will get right on that huppy. The United States Supreme Court has already ruled on this. We have to pay for the education of illegal immigrants. See plyler vs. Doe.

Jesus Arizona politicians are fucking idiots.

Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson

Hes a republican. Hes racist against anybody thats not white

Kurt Kreiger
Kurt Kreiger

it will cost more - and it ain't like AZ students are doing so great as it is....this dude is kind of a dope.....but the point is valid....

Esther Denise Sanchez
Esther Denise Sanchez

Duh. Just look at his comments.. "All of Spanish media should be silenced?" Yeah, fuck him.

Jeff Kee
Jeff Kee

Does anyone remember his racist comments about Latinos on his blog, or how he lobbyied against Latino studies in Tucson. Of course he racist.

AkaTed
AkaTed

@Huppenthal and his Staff thanks for the laugh's out in the West Valley loving your political ad's !

I laugh every time I see him holding the kids what a joke of a political leader 

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

Huppy must be doing crappy in the polls to make this lowball, last-minute, meaningless, red-meat "hail mary" to the Hispanic Haters on the right. His competition in the primary, Diane Douglas, is a little Tea Party twit whose basic platform is "commun coer iz badd cuz soshalizum mmmkay?" She makes Huppy look well-qualified by comparison. 

If Huppy loses the primary to such woeful competition, it will be Karma indeed. Don't worry Huppy, I'm sure if you lose, one of your good friends from the "Destroy All Public Schools And Replace Them With For-Profit Private Schools Because Only Rich White People Deserve A Good Education" Association would be more than happy to give you a cushy job as a lobbyist; you've already been doing their dirty work for years anyway.    


I took out a Republican primary ballot (I'm independent) but I didn't vote for either Asshat 1 or Asshat 2. I'm saving my vote for David Garcia in the General Elections, a Dem with a real, solid background in education (unlike Huppy) who has some great ideas for improving schools. If Huppy loses, I think Garcia has a darn good shot in the general, especially if Douglas makes a total ass of herself in debates (which she is likely to do.) Then again, this is Arizona, so I won't hold my breath until the General election is over.....

DNichols
DNichols

Immigration under I.C.E. Deportation/Incarceration Programs:


January 2008 began both the I.C.E. Programs, and the "Great Recession".


A Mass exodus of Immigrants began in mid 2007, and the deportations/Incarcerations commenced starting in 2008 which dumped tens of thousands of vacated dwellings into the housing market.


The "Bubble" was burst.


As home values began to plummet many more home owners dumped their homes into foreclosure to let the Federal Government take the hit on then upside down home values.


Arizona home values finally stabilized after a  couple of years of plummeting, until Jan Brewer signed the Racist SB1070 which once again caused an exodus, and Arizona home values plummeted again.


Fact is the HARD LABOR gladly done for America by Immigrants was the very "Foundation" of our once strong economy.


Now America needs to raise the minimum wage so that our College Graduates can work in the fields growing our food, driving tractors , mowing grass, trimming trees, washing dishes, cleaning hotels, ect.


"America is great because it is good, when it ceases to be good, it ceases to be great."

Alex De Tocqueville, a very wise 1840's French Historian.

This is our I.C.E.'d Economy.

I.C.E. "Put the car in the ditch."

This great Nation of Immigrants was built on far better principles, and values than to rip Mothers from their legal citizen Babies, like we have done to thousands of good Christian Human beings.

A Stop the SB-Hate.


To: Good.

jeanjb
jeanjb

we wont pay to educate our own kids,AZ is at the bottom of education money spent!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Maybe HoopyCaller needs to do 2 other things:


1) Pull back some of the taxpayer money he push into private school vouchers


2) Call up the Ass Clowns that run the US House and tell them to vote on funding for these refugees!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Seems in AZ it was 200 kids that were placed with relatives...  I know, you only have 10 fingers, and numbers greater than that confuse you...

marcy
marcy

@MaskedMagician1967


The Hupster disagrees with you and will respond with 8 different sock puppets as soon as he wakes up from his stupor.

AkaTed
AkaTed

Love the photo hopefully he put a ring on it :)


marcy
marcy

The Hupster likes holding kids, particularly little boys.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols


dnicky, how many times are you going to post this  rubbish?  You can post it a thousand times, but it will not make it true.

Jazus you are stupid.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@WhoKnows


1.  Private schooling is the only salvation for our children from the failed public school system.


2.  Why don't we have the country of origin pay their way?  

DNichols
DNichols

@fishingblues @DNichols 

If you don't like what I post stop reading it unless you are too "Stupid"?!

Thank you for controlling your nasty turrets syndrome though.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@fishingblues @WhoKnows If you want to send your kids to private school, that's fine.  You just need to pay for it yourself.  My tax dollars should not be used for your spawn to learn about Jesus riding Dinosaurs.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols @fishingblues


You can't even spell Tourette Syndrome let alone know what the fuck it means.

You drooling imbecile. 


You are ------------


TOO OBTUSE TO BE OF USE!  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@WhoKnows


Hey stupid, where is it stated that private = religious? 


Fuck, it's like arguing with three year olds.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Stinky, did you say something about idiots?


Typical brain dead donkey comment.



"Good think (sic) the Sgt. keep (sic) a throw-away piece..." May 15, 2014



Remember, the one you deleted in shame and embarrassment.



----or--- how about this ignorant gem..........



 "Sucks to not have a tax-free private connection, don't (sic) it loser?"   posted on 06/01/14



Another donkey grammatical treasure …...............



“I just hope it don't (sic) come between us. Posted 08/16/14



Sucks to live in perpetual abject fear, don't it? Posted 8/20/14






DNichols
DNichols

@fishingblues 

It is spelled turrets, and thank you for confirming your severe case of it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues behold the fistingblues hit parade of obtuse drooling imbecility.


"it looks more like a flair-up. [sic]"


"How's the AIDS stink?"


"What I'd like o [sic] know is " 


"It is really quit [sic] simple" 


"Charger [sic] back to country of origin."


"Were you educated in a third [sic] world country?


"It is not my fault nor societies [sic] fault ..."

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@fishingblues @WhoKnows Are you saying that most private schools AREN'T Religious?  I have a bridge to sell you if that's the case!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DNichols 


You are easily the most close-minded, stupidest mother fucker on these pages.

Do you know what a fucking dictionary is?


You are seriously too fucking stupid to live.


Look it up you brain-dead moron.


Don't know what it is, can't spell it.


TOO OBTUSE TO BE OF USE! 


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


You blithering imbecile! In my zeal, I may occasionally miss a letter.  You, on the other hand, can't seem to figure out the use of doesn't vs don't.  Perhaps this will help.  Get your big sister to explain it to you.


Doesn't or Don't?

Doesn't, does not, or does is used with the third person singular--words like he, she, and it.

Don't, do not, or do is used for other subjects.

Incorrect: It don't matter anymore.

Correct: It doesn't matter anymore.

Incorrect: Grandfather don't see too well.

Correct: Grandfather doesn't see too well.

Correct: His glasses don't help him much.


Typical brain dead donkey comment.

"Good think (sic) the Sgt. keep (sic) a throw-away piece..." May 15, 2014

Remember, the one you deleted in shame and embarrassment.

----or--- how about this ignorant gem..........

"Sucks to not have a tax-free private connection, don't (sic) it loser?"   posted on 06/01/14

Another donkey grammatical treasure …...............

I just hope it don't (sic) come between us. Posted 08/16/14

Sucks to live in perpetual abject fear, don't it? Posted 8/20/14



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@WhoKnows


... and some retarded two year olds.


I could give a fuck about religion.  I care about education and the public school system has been failing for years and continues to deteriorate. 


But I guess stupid people don't mind stupid kids.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues " In my zeal, I may occasionally miss a letter."


Oh, you missed more than a letter, more like any education beyond the 5th grade. How much of a retard must an old man like you be to have gone through life thinking that "believes" was the noun "beliefs", and to have continually misused it, not on purpose, but out of abject ignorance and illiteracy?


You're simply a droll boorish uneducated imbecile, always were, always will be.


Keep fist-fucking yourself in public, many readers enjoy the free freak-show you provide.


Don't forget the lube.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@fishingblues @WhoKnows Fishing Jaffy.  You do know you are nothing but a joke to me, correct?  But this is just to prove you're nuts!


How many of the private schools using TAXPAYER money today, are not connected to religion?  One?  Two?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "But I guess stupid people don't mind stupid kids."


Is that your "believe"?


Q.E.D.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

Fishyblueballs "Stinky, did you say something about idiots?"

And the village idiot fb comes running.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Sure stinky, you illiterate little bitch.  Stupid retards should not be arrogant, it just doesn't (I know you would have said don't) fit. 


I bet you got your punk ass kicked every day in school, even by the girls. You little sissy ass freak.  


How much longer do you have you diseased fuck?  You won't be missed.  

marcy
marcy

@WhoKnows @fishingblues


Virtually every charter school is private and very few have any religious affiliation.


Any other questions?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


Damn stinky, you and your alter egos mild.sauce and rotted dick must be tired of posting the same inane, boring crap.  I see you are no longer "laughing out loud".

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@fishingblues @WhoKnows  Fishing Jaffy.  Regardless of how "stupid" I am, I still am like Einstein when compared to you!

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

Don't worry fishface, you'll always be king of stupidity.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues yet here you are, fisty, reading and replying to the same "inane boring crap".



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@WhoKnows


Gosh really?  Einstein? Wow! 

So, retards do have an imagination.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Hot.Sauce


mild.sauce <=== the red-headed step-child made-up alter ego of stinky, rotted dick the donkey boy.  



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues


You might want to check, you ignorant fuck.  You are the one following me around and posting your mindless drivel on my comments.


Fuck, you are stupid!!!  

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