Lawmaker: Vet citizenship of non-English-speaking schoolkids

Lawmaker: Vet citizenship of non-English-speaking schoolkids

Without clarifying if he wanted non-English-speaking students' names to be sent to the federal authorities or to physically hand over the students, Ritze continued giving figures of apparent savings.

The state of Oklahoma is desperately looking for ways to cut down on its almost $900 million budget problem, and one Republican state representative has suggested turning over non-English-speaking students to ICE and denying them an education in order to save money. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can not deny an undocumented student from a free public education.

A new Republican caucus in the Oklahoma House is suggesting that more than 80,000 non-English speaking students in public schools be turned over to federal immigration officials. In addition, districts that meet a certain minimum funding threshold also qualify for federal Limited English Proficient funds, which equated to about $87 per eligible English learner student past year, according to education department officials. Chuck Strohm, the co-chairman of the caucus, told the Associated Press. The idea also was panned by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

Ritze, who made the comments in an interview with KWTV-News9, said he was speaking on behalf of the newly created Oklahoma Republican Platform Caucus, an informal group of some of the most conservative Republicans in the GOP Legislature, but several members of that group quickly distanced themselves from the remarks.

Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, a Republican, said Ritze's suggestion was "utterly shameful".

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"I have no desire to target ESL students", he said.

Ryan Kiesel, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, called the proposal "disgustingly inhumane".

A conservative state with strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Oklahoma has passed tough anti-immigration laws before.

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