Thursday, March 16, 2006

Times columnist: 'Weast favors illegal aliens over student safety'

"Jerry Weast, the enlightened superintendent of Montgomery County's public schools, was prepared to sacrifice the safety of the students to preserve the working status of illegal aliens."

So writes columnist Tom Knott in a Washington Times piece titled, "Weast Favors Illegal Aliens Over Student Safety."

"Mr. Weast advised the school board not to vote on Maryland House Bill 531, which would require contractors for the state's public schools to conduct background checks on their employees," says Knott.

"His fear was that background checks would lead to the uncovering of illegal aliens in the work force and result in their prosecution and deportation.

"Alas, this fear trumped the fear of sex offenders laboring in the vicinity of what they view as prey."