An elementary school in Eugene, Oregon, donned pro-immigration posters blasting the border wall and law enforcement throughout its classrooms and hallways – sending a strong message complete with the imagery of wire cutters clipping barbed wire under the headline, “IMMIGRANTS WELCOME.”
Before the school let out for Christmas vacation, kindergartners through fifth-graders at River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School were subjected to immigration reform propaganda straight out of the Democratic Party platform playbook, with the following divisive and inflammatory words printed underneath the aforementioned headline:
“The border is not a wall – it’s a system of control,” the posters read, according to KLCC-FM. “It doesn’t protect people; it pits them against each other. It doesn’t foster togetherness; it breeds resentment.”
Schools politicking vs. Trump, wall, laws?
The pro-illegal alien posters’ continued rant against President Donald Trump’s tough-on-immigration policy then attacks police officers and border patrol agents, implying that they ruthlessly hunt down innocent victims and enforce their discriminatory policies.
“It doesn’t keep out predators; it gives them badges and guns,” the text on the posters continue. “The border does not divide one world from another. There is only one world, and the border is tearing it apart.”
It was not immediately disclosed who gave permission for the posters to be posted, who was responsible for putting them up, or exactly how long they emblazoned the walls of school classrooms and hallways, but the 4-J School District indicated that – to the best of its knowledge – a contractor took all of the posters down before students were let out for winter break.
“The suspect shared photos of the posters on Facebook, prompting accusations of student indoctrination from his friends,” KLCC’s Dave Urbanski reported. “The post has since been removed and the contractor barred from the school.”
4-J District Superintendent Gustavo Balderas was a bit ambiguous about his take on the overlying bipartisan message behind the posters, indicating that a number of teachers have replaced the original posters while the district discusses its policies with its faculty.
“It wasn’t the 'IMMIGRANTS WELCOME', it was what was below that, that spoke about the border wall and that was where it gets a bit tricky with the politics of it all,” Balderas stressed, according to KLCC. “As of right now, we welcome any immigrant posters that are up anywhere across the district. It’s making sure that, again, we use language that does not politicize this statement. It’s not a political statement, it’s ‘immigrants welcome,’ we welcome all students.”
In fact, the school’s mission statement impresses that speaking Spanish on campus is valued just as much as speaking English.
“Students in the El Camino del Río Dual Language Program will be bilingual, biliterate and bicultural,” the mission statement reads on River Road/El Camino del Rio Elementary School’s website. “Students will exhibit high academic achievement in all content areas in both languages.”
The Oregon school’s program description stresses that embracing the culture of Spanish speakers on campus is paramount.
“River Road/El Camino del Río is a two-way immersion program established in 2009,” the program statement reads. “Two-way immersion offers a unique opportunity in 4J for native English and Spanish speakers to learn together in order to become bilingual and biliterate. They quickly become emerging bilinguals and establish strong cross-cultural relationships.”
Local pro-immigration activism
Parent Kristidel McGregor took to the local paper to support the “Immigrants welcome” sentiment pushed through the school’s posters.
“Many of the students at El Camino del Rio, or their parents or siblings, have immigrated to the United States, [as] some of the bilingual teachers are also immigrants,” McGregor defended the posters in her op-ed column for the Register-Guard.
She then pushed her pro-immigration views on Eugene residents via the local radio station.
“Schools don’t care what your immigration status is – what schools are there for is to educate students and to make students feel welcome,” she told KLCC. “I think this particular incident may perhaps be over, but it’s just a smaller incident in a much larger issue. Schools have hit a turning point. Our schools in the United States are no longer majority white. I think we’re seeing some of the pushback on that.”
Anarchist agenda touted on campus?
Even though school officials, teachers and at least one parent are behind the effort to indoctrinate students in a pro-immigration political agenda, most failed to adequately address or acknowledge that the controversial posters were produced by an anarchist group of revolutionaries.
At the bottom of the image on the poster, a website is given for those who want to become a part of the organization’s radical movement to push mass migration.
“The website address – crimethinc.com/borders – on the bottom of the Twitter image appeared to be broken Friday,” TheBlaze reported.
Crimethinc is a self-described group of agitators seeking to overthrow the status quo.
“[Crimethinc is] a rebel alliance – a decentralized network pledged to anonymous collective action – a breakout from the prisons of our age,” the group describes itself on Crimethinc.com/borders. “[Crimethinc] is a banner for anonymous collective action [and] an international network of aspiring revolutionaries extending from Kansas to Kuala Lumpur.”
However, a 4-J School District spokesperson claimed on the Todd Starnes Radio Show that none of the posters displayed throughout the elementary school included the Crimethinc’ website address. The district representative also insisted that school officials were unaware of the fact that the posters came from an anarchist group.