Louie Gohmert: Ban non-English speakers from schools because they ‘bring education down’
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) lashed out at President Barack Obama over the weekend because refugee children who fled from violence in Central America were being allowed to go to school in the United States, which he asserted was “not fair” to English speakers.
“When the president has worked on a strategic plan to deal with ISIS — or not — maybe he didn’t have enough time to think about education,” Gohmert quipped to Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “But you think about it, he calls it a Dreamers bill, what he proposed, but it is more of a nightmare.”
“It’s not fair to kids that come in and speak only Spanish, throw them in a classroom with English-speaking students. It’s unfair to both the English-speaking and to the Spanish-speaking students,” he continued. “It is not fair. And not only that, Texas is going back, and you’ve got to speak Spanish to teach English in a school. It is incredible the amount of cost that’s being shoved onto the Texas schools.”
Carlson argued that immigrants who were going to school in the U.S. were part of a “scam” because some who tried to enroll were “people who were pretending to be kids who aren’t.”
Gohmert insisted that the president was “thinking only about the foreign students.”
“For students, young kids trying to learn the most they can, and the teacher has to bring the education down to the lowest level, which means we’re not educating our kids the way they should be,” the Tea Party-backed Republican explained. “It is a disaster to these schools to have this many surging people coming in, students coming in.”
“It isn’t fair the local students,” he said. “It’s not fair to the schools, and we bear the cost of the president dreaming. I think he’s daydreaming. I don’t think it’s a Dreamer bill, it’s a daydreamer. He’s daydreaming while he’s playing golf. The answer’s on the 18th hole.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Aug. 30, 2014.