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Associated Press
tor of a Catholic Church-sponsored
shelter for Central Americans was
carrying out his religious beliefs
when he gave three Salvadorans a
ride to a bus station, Protestant cler
gymen testified Wednesday.
Jack Elder, who runs the Casa Os
car Romero in San Benito, is
charged with transporting three Sal
vadoran illegal aliens from the shel
ter to a bus station. His trial is sched
uled to start Monday.
The case is before U.S. District
Judge Hayden Head Jr. after being
moved from Brownsville where the
federal judge excused himself from
the case.
Defense attorneys, in pretrial mo
tions to have the charges dismissed,
have called clergymen from around
the country to testify there is ecu
menical support for the sanctuary
Elder’s lawyers claim he was carry
ing out his religious beliefs and fed
eral prosecutors singled him out for
prosecutions because of his public
outlashes against U.S. policy in Cen
tral America.
Federal prosecutors maintain,
however, that the case is a mere ille
gal alien transportation case and also
say that the Central Americans are
in the United States for economic,
not political reasons, as sanctuary
movement workers contend.
The Rev. Donovan Cook, pastor
of the University Baptist Church in
Seattle, Wash.,'said Elder “absolu-
beliefs when the gave the Salvado
rans a ride to the bus station in Har-
ligen, about 10 miles away from the
halfway house.
Under questioning by defense at
torney Steve Cooper, Cook related
Elder’s acts along the same lines as
the Biblical “Good Samaritian.”
Cook said his congregation began
supporting the sanctuary movement
in 1982 and two other congregations
in the Seattle area now are support
ing the movement.
Another minister, the Rev. Dr.
John Steinbrook of Luther Place
Memorial Church in Washington
D.C., said his church has helped
Ethiopian and Angloan refugees
and when the question of helping
Central Americans rose, the congre
gation struggled with it.
“We finally came to a conclusion
that it was an opportunity God sent
our way to receive these people who
are victims,” Steinbrook said.
But they and other witnesses testi
fied that although the 41-year-old
Elder was the one charged, the Cen
tral Americans were the ones who
were on trial.
Others, recalling Biblical verses,
said that Jesus Christ was himself a
refugee when his parents took him
from his homeland in order to avoid
being slaughtered by King Herod.
Elder and another shelter volun
teer face transporation of illegal
alien charges in Brownsville.
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Teachers seek repeal of competency laws
Associated Press
AUSTIN — The Texas Class
room Teachers Association, saying
there are better ways to determine
who is qualified to teach school,
urged repeal of the law requiring
teachers to take competency tests.
“Our first choice is that it be re
pealed,” said Jeretta Thompson,
president of the 25,000-member
If the testing law isn’t repealed,
then the teacher’s association be
lieves it should be amended so ex
ams could be given on an individual
basis and as part of a broader evalua
tion, she saia.
Thompson said teachers are con
cerned because, as stated in the
school reform law passed last sum
mer, “It’s written as the sole thing to
make up a teacher’s competency.’
Susan Crocker, a high school En
glish teacher from Grand Prairie
and chairman of the TCTA’s legis
lation committee, said the morale of
many long-time teachers is suffer
She said teachers who have re
ceived undergraduate and advanced
college degrees now are finding that
the state apparently doesn’t consider
that proof of their abilities.
“You’ll find that low morale
comes from the fact that we feel like
the things we’ve done in the past,
that we did in good faith based on
the system that Texas education
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rather insulted that they have to
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“career ladder” system which awns
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