Cynthia Velasquez Bogert, Glenfair’s bilingual school psychologist
Because of her bilingualism, Velasquez Bogert has become a central fixture in meetings between teachers and Spanish-speaking parents, and in classrooms with newly immigrated students. At this school, more than 85 percent of students speak a language other than English at home. Immigrant and/or refugee students make up a majority of the school’s population. She says the diversity is what draws her to this community, in particular. But there are un-expected goodbyes — she’s had students attend school on Friday and then their family will be detained or deported over the week-end, she says. “We have learned to just let go, and know we did the best we could do during the time we had with them in school.”
3 cheers for illegal aliens being deported over the weekend and their kids no longer taking up our resources!
She’s helped undocumented students (who are ineligible for the Oregon Health Plan because of immigration status) access community health clinics to replace their eyeglasses or get their required immunizations.
Community health clinics = taxpayer funded health care. The United States is just doing the medical jobs that Mexico won't do.
“When I interview kids as part of testing, if I know they weren’t born here in the U.S., I always ask about their journey. I call it the “trip” – whether it was crossing and going over a fence, or coming on a plane – they all have amazing stories about their journeys of physically getting here to this point, and what it was like and what they remember and what they miss about where they came from.”
You can call breaking into our country a "trip" but that's like calling a bank robbery a "withdrawal."
When politicians talk about eduction funding these are the people that get supported. It's not the teacher who does math, it is the Spanish speaking psychologist who helps illegal aliens get social services. My new battle cry is: cut education funding by 20% and let's see what happens!