During Tuesday’s debate on SB2333 sponsored by State Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) that would prohibit local jurisdictions from creating their own identity card programs, State Sen. Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) offered an amendment addressing parent access to schools. The local identity cards, also called municipal IDs, have been made available to illegal aliens in other states to help them access certain public services and appear as if they are lawfully present,
While explaining his amendment, Gardenhire, who annually sponsors a bill to award in-state tuition to illegal alien students, disparaged “White and African American” parents who, he said, don’t “show up” to be involved with their children’s schools:
In my district we have an enormous amount of Latino students. Let’s just get right down to the chase of it. We have an enormous amount of Latino students and these parents want to be involved. They’re involved more than any other segment of the population are. And if we exclude them because they can’t show some ID and get into the building and participate, we’re doing the students and the teachers and the principals a disservice.
You can watch and hear Gardenhire make these comments at the 5:41:57 mark of this video of the debate on Amendment 4 on April 24.
Gardenhire went on to explain in greater detail his views on the different levels of engagement of White and African American parents:
If you go to East Ridge High School in Chattanooga and you go to the parents that come involved, it’s not the White parents that show up to be with the kids, it’s not the African American parents that show up with the kids. It’s Latino parents that want to show up and be with their kids and be with the teachers and find out the best way to get educated.
You can watch and hear Gardenhire make these comments at the 5:46:30 mark of this video of the debate on Amendment 4 on April 24.
You can also hear the audio of Gardenhire’s remarks made at the 5:46:30 mark in that video about White, African American, and Latino parents at East Ridge High here:
Local identification card programs are being pushed by advocates wanting to help shield and accommodate the needs of illegal aliens.
During Nashville’s last mayoral race all of the candidates including endorsed creating a local identification card program that would include illegal aliens. This has become a popular program in sanctuary cities helping illegal aliens avoid arrest and possible deportation during traffic stops.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago-issued municipal ID card available to illegal aliens will be accepted as valid voter identification.
In Cincinnati, working with local law enforcement and city officials, Catholic Charities is producing and providing the municipal ID card to immigrants in the city who don’t have or can’t obtain U.S. government identification because they have entered the country without permission.
Approximately 20% of students enrolled at East Ridge High School in Chattanooga, the school referenced by Sen. Gardenhire, are listed as Hispanic.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), estimates that illegal immigration cost Tennessee taxpayers $793 million dollars in 2017.
FAIR estimates that 135,000 illegal aliens live in Tennessee that along with approximately 46,000 of their children born in the U.S., brings the total to over 180,000 people. Additionally, it is estimated that in Tennessee illegal alien households add 39,000 students to local schools.
Including U.S. citizens and authorized alien workers, the cost in Tennessee breaks down to a fiscal burden of $315 per household.