As we still debate over whether we want to help Syrian refugees by welcoming them into America, it doesn’t help to have refugees who are already here suing because they don’t like their accommodations.
It’s happening in Pennsylvania where refugee relocated from Somalia, Sudan, Congo, and Burma are complaining that their education opportunities are just not good enough.
So they are teaming up with the ACLU to sue for better education:
“[The] Plaintiffs are refugees who have fled war, violence, and persecution from their native countries,” reads a statement from the lawsuit. “Having finally escaped their turbulent environment to resettle in America, these young immigrants yearn to learn English and get an education so they can make a life for themselves.”
The refugees hoped to enter McCaskey High School, known for its superior academic program, but instead were sent to Phoenix Academy, an alternative high school for “underachieving” students in the district. Phoenix students are subject to pat-downs, banned from bringing personal belongings like watches and jewelry and forced to wear colored shirts that “correspond with behavior.”
U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 rankings show Phoenix Academy has a graduation rate of 54 percent, and its 458 students perform substantially below the state average on standardized tests. More than 90 percent of the students come from poor families, and there are just 11 full-time teachers at the school, according to the magazine.