The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 3, 1996 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 3, 1996
Page 6
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it > !! 1 AB THURSD/ ;TOB GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL T IMMIGRATION Kansans: Don't blame the children House bill would deny education to children of illegal immigrants By ITZEL STEWART The Garden City Telegram A bill that would deny public education to children of illegal immigrants is stirring opinion from Garden City residents. The bill, introduced by Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., had been part of a larger immigration bill designed to increase the number of border patrol officers and speed deportation procedures. But last week, Republicans agreed to remove Gallegly's proposal from the bigger package. With that gone, the bill passed Congress, and was signed by President Clinton on Monday. "It will become law," said Jesse Alvarez, legal counsel of the Kansas Advisory Committee on T TELEPHONE CARD COMPANY Hispanic Affairs. The Gallegly proposal, Alvarez said, is now a stand-alone bill, which passed the House and is now in the Senate. "No action has been taken yet," she said. "But it's expected to die in the Senate." Supporters of the Gallegly bill believe voters should decide whether or not to bear the expense of educating children who are in the country illegally. "This bill says, 'Don't come to America and think the taxpayers of America are going to take care of you if you're here illegally,'" said House Speaker Rep. Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. Opponents, on the other hand, said children shouldn't be the ones punished and that it would push thousands of young people into the streets. Grace Webdell, a Garden City English teacher, said that as long as the children are here, they need to be educated. "It's important to educate them," she said, "especially if they are going to be living here." Webdell, who was assistant principal at Buffalo Jones Elementary School last year, said education also will teach children responsibility. "It will help them become contributing citizens," she said. "Education, it's certainly necessary." Mara Boyer, 29, a clerk at the Women's Clinic, doesn't agree with the Gallegly bill, saying children are not at fault. "I definitely don't agree with that," Boyer said. "They are children and why punish them? They deserve an education." Boyer, a Puerto Rican native, said she doesn't mind that her 8- year-old daughter interacts with children of different nationalities. "They can learn from each other's culture," she said. A Dodge City community leader, Rebecca Escalante, agreed. "People here are angry because the bill is discriminatory and creates a lower class of illiterate people," Escalante said. She said a petition signed by 1,200 Dodge City residents was sent to the Kansas Advisory Committee on Hispanic Affairs (KACHA) to be sent to Washington requesting elimination of the bill. Juan Andrade, a Garden City businessman and a native of Mexico, believes it's inhuman to deny education to children. He said it also reflects poorly on the United States. "Children are the future of our nation," Andrade said. "If we close their doors, we will be closing the doors of our country." AG's office probing card company Concordia resident files.complaint against company in Tennessee By DAN ENGLAND Tlie Salina Journal The Kansas Attorney General's Office is investigating a prepaid long distance phone card company that sold numerous cards and held a sales meeting in Concordia. The probe of Strategic Telecom Systems Inc., a rapidly growing card company based in Knoxville, Tenn., was begun after a complaint was received from a Concordia resident, said Mary Horsch, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office. Horsch wouldn't specify what the consumer was upset about, but she said the person didn't like how the company paid bonuses to leaders of salespeople for the salespeoples' work. Strategic Telecom Systems had a sales meeting in the city on Sept. 23 and offers cards with pre-paid long distance hours, Horsch said. The company, which was formed in March 1995, relies on independent door-to-door representatives to sell its cards. The company pays bonuses and offers free long distance to its salespeople for reaching high levels of sales. It also pays leadership bonuses to those who have salespeople working for them who reach high sales levels. Anyone may join the company by purchasing a $99 starter kit, some cards and filling out an application. The office is searching for misrepresentation or other violations of the Consumer Protection Act, Horsch said. "Not all phone card companies are bad," Horsch said. "But we are looking into this one. We just want to make sure they are selling what they say they are selling and whether the people that are selling the cards know what they are selling." Horsch said she didn't know when the investigation would be completed. Calls made to STS's headquarters in Knoxville were not returned. Salespeople in Concordia and a regional director in Oklahoma refused to comment. Concordia Police Chief Burl Maley said that the cards were "pretty hot" right now in the city. He doesn't believe that the company is illegal. "We've had one person be concerned about it here," Maley said. "On the surface, it appears to be a legitimate business. There's a perception with all the telemarketing scams that this is illegal, that it's a scam. But phone cards aren't illegal." The company is a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Knoxville and a member of the Knoxville Better Business Bureau. A representative of the chamber said there had been complaints in Tennessee about the company but referred them to the bureau. T 3-823-6372 800-569-5653 Are you sure we're going to make it to Aunt Bernice's on those tires? Sunday \ Diui*} on d sove on »fl '.»**•. •^^^^^ STAGE CENTRALHALL Mon.-Sat. 10-9 Sun. 12-6 E. 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