I was reading the article about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, who has decided to “house one immigrant facing deportation.” Because of this, the preschool that is right next to the church will close their doors. Parents have already begun pulling their children from the center.
I think what the church is doing is a fantastic idea, this shows the government that they do not agree with the policies that have been put forth regarding illegal immigrants. Rev. Kelly Dignan told FOX31– it is a great way to bring the community together.
But I have to wonder if the preschool and its parents were given the opportunity to give their opinion about the churches decision. Based on the article it doesn’t seem like it. I think the students would be safe, but I agree with the parents that the controversy over the whole thing would be too much for the students and their parents.
We know that in events like these, there will be protesters who are for and against what the church is doing, and I don’t think that would be a positive learning environment for the students.
You are probably wondering why I chose this article to write about, simply put, when the government creates policies it effects all of us, and as Early Childhood Educators, we need to be more active in politics.