Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) told fellow lawmakers during a congressional hearing on Wednesday that American taxpayers today pay approximately $60 billion to educate illegal-alien students and the children of illegal aliens.
In his remarks, Byrne noted that the burden of paying for the education of the more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants that come into the country every year falls squarely on the shoulders of American citizens.
“In 2016, the Pew Research Center estimated that 3.9 million — or 7.3% — of kindergarten through 12th grade students in the United States were either here illegally or were the children of at least one parent illegally present in the United States,” Byrne said. “Can anyone tell me how much we spend on public education for that population of students? It’s around $60 billion.”
The Republican explained that while the federal government mandates English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for the roughly 9.6 percent of students in America classified as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP), it leaves the brunt of the costs to state and local governments.
“What percentage of ESL programs are paid for by the federal government that requires them? Just over one percent,” Byrne stated. “Who pays for the rest? States and local school systems.”
So, we require it and we push 99 percent of the costs on state and local school systems. That costs a lot of money for these state and local school systems. Many of them, like my state of Alabama, just don’t have it. But because the federal government requires it, they have to put that money in there to the detriment of other programs.
That cost is not being borne by those of us in Washington. It’s being borne by men and women and the states and local school systems around the United States of America. But really the cost is being borne by children who are being denied the programs that they should have. Children who are citizens of the United States, whose parents are citizens of the United States, they’re being denied programs because we’re forcing their state and local school systems to take on an expense that we should be taking on because we’ve failed to enforce our own laws.
Residents of Worthington, Minnesota, have experienced the effects of mass migration on their education system firsthand. Last month, the town implemented a tax hike to provide an additional $34 million for the local school district, which has exploded in class enrollment due to migration.
A study by Princeton Policy Advisors researcher Steven Kopits found that, at current migration levels, the United States could have nearly one million new migrant children by the November 2020 election — approximately 800,000 of whom would have to be enrolled in local school districts.
Minnesota has seen major demographic changes due to federal refugee resettlement programs. In fact, the state has the most refugees per capita of any in the union. Refugee resettlement has led to a large Somali population in Minnesota that made possible the election of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is Somali-born and one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.
In September, President Trump signed an executive order requiring refugee resettlement agencies to get the consent of all states and localities in which they plan to place refugees.
The immigration lobby has opposed the executive order. And with good reason: There’s money to be made in the refugee business. Nonprofit contractors such as Church World Service, World Relief Corporation, and International Rescue Committee are paid $2,125 per refugee by the U.S. State Department for initial reception and placement, of which the nonprofits may take a cut of up to 45 percent.
As Michelle Malkin, author of the book Open Borders, Inc., noted:
In the 2016 annual report to Congress by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the agency reported that in the year prior, 26.7% of refugees received cash assistance from at least one federal program; 66.1% of refugees had received noncash assistance such as SNAP (food stamps). The Federation for American Immigration Reform crunched the numbers in 2018 and estimated the annual cost of refugee resettlement to U.S. taxpayers at $1.8 billion, and $8.8 billion over a five-year period.
The immigrants are not only brought in to collect cash but because immigrants overwhelmingly vote Democratic/socialist. As TNA has previously reported, the open borders movement has a long record of being supported by communist organizations.
The leadership of the Abolish ICE/Occupy ICE, for example, includes veterans of radical groups such as the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG).
Reprinted with permission from - The New American - by Luis Miguel