Oklahoma should do right thing by students who have done no wrong

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: June 26, 2013

It makes little sense to support these students through the common education system, only to either shut the door to higher education or make it so difficult to open that many give up. Oklahoma needs more highly educated citizens. And make no mistake, many of these students are Oklahomans, raised here from a young age. They attend local churches, participate in youth sports and contribute to society in a positive way if given the opportunity.

In The Oklahoman's recent special report on the issue, we were struck by comments from Jerry Kammer, a senior research fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that typically favors less immigration.

“I think these kids are our kids now, and their success would be our success,” Kammer said of students brought into the United States at a young age. “Their failure would be our failure as a country.”

What if the country — and Oklahoma, even on its own — started focusing on the success of all of its students and tried to create opportunity instead of limiting opportunity? Students would still have to do the hard work; they just would have fewer adults and bad policy standing in their way.

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