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What Are Illegal Aliens Costing Schools In Your Neighborhood?

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The first day back to school is looking pretty dreadful for many American kids, who will experience more diversity in their classrooms with resources stretched to the limit because of 30,000 young illegal aliens being dumped around the country by the Obama administration says Brenda Walker writing for
With the new school year getting ready to start, just how many illegal alien children will taxpayers in your community be required to educate free of charge?
The answer isn’t as simple as you might think.
Houston, Texas radio station KTRH reports that 4,200 of the kids that have crossed into the country illegally have stayed in Texas. Debbie Ratcliffe of the Texas Education Agency says taxpayers will foot the $9,200 bill per kid, but no one knows for sure how many will show up.
We could see some increased class sizes, especially in border districts,” Ratcliffe stated.
And will this slow down the learning process, with teachers devoting time to children that don’t have command of English?
“Mexican immigrants come to us with some level of education. But Central American children often come with no education whatsoever,” Ratcliffe told KTRH’s Cliff Saunders.
Lewis Loflin of reports that in Virginia in 2014, because of the continuing influx of low-achieving Hispanics, Fairfax County, a self-proclaimed illegal alien sanctuary community, is forcing its school system to drop honors classes in an attempt to narrow the achievement gap, so there's more than just a dollar cost involved when large numbers of non-English speaking students enter a local school system.

Federal data from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families showed Tennessee received 760 illegal alien children – this is well over the average population of a primary school in Tennessee, meaning the state must build more schools or create larger classes for citizen students to accommodate the illegals.

As our friend Allen West observed “Illegal immigrant children are being quietly dumped in states without the states’ knowledge or consent.”

West says Fox News reported, “Elected officials in two states far from the U.S.-Mexico border have claimed that the Obama administration has resettled hundreds of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children without adequate notice and has refused to detail the exact locations where the children are being kept.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, the numbers of illegal alien children being released into localities across American are substantial. 

More than 37,000 children who crossed the border unaccompanied by parents were placed with sponsors between Jan. 1 and July 31, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports the WSJ. The states that received the most children were Texas, with 5,280; New York, 4,244; and California, 3,909.

And as Allen West points out, Fox News reported “748 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from areas near the border to the Chicago area. Of the original group of 748 kids, 319 have been placed with family members or sponsors while they await an immigration hearing. The other 429 have been placed in facilities run by the Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit organization that receives grants from the Department of Health and Human Services.”

Such students often require a variety of services, including subsidized meals, English-language instruction, tutoring and psychological counseling, Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools told The Wall Street Journal. He said his district enrolled 300 new Central American children in the final quarter of the last school year and is preparing for hundreds more this fall.

While some districts say they can handle the new arrivals with existing resources, others are concerned about a potential financial hit. "I don't think we can handle it without hiring additional personnel," James Meza Jr. , superintendent of Louisiana's Jefferson Parish Public School System, which has a sizeable Honduran population told the WSJ. "It will be somewhat of a stress point."

In Miami-Dade, the additional services will cost the district an estimated $2,000 more per pupil, Mr. Carvalho said. As a result, the county school board passed a resolution in June to request additional federal funding. The request is still pending according to The Wall Street Journal report.

The federal government is spending “about $250 to $1,000 per child," Senator Jeff Flake told reporters, with the cost expected to run past $2 billion – and that doesn’t include the costs passed on to local school districts that the Obama administration says have no choice but to accept any illegal immigrants the feds choose to send to the community. 

To figure that you need to look at the average cost per student for the district, plus $2,000 extra per illegal alien student school administrators, such as Miami-Dade’s Carvalho estimate is needed for remediation. 

But that $2,000 doesn’t include the cost of any new construction necessary to accommodate the increase in student population caused by the influx of illegal aliens, which could run in excess of $33 million for each new school that must be built. An average elementary school accommodates 600 students, meaning local taxpayers are potentially on the hook for the construction of some 67 new schools in school districts across America at a cost of at least $2.2 billion.

So here's the final breakdown: $2 billion in new federal spending for 37,000 illegal alien children; $2.2 billion in potential new school construction costs thrust upon local school district taxpayers, $467 million in average per pupil expenditures to be paid by local school district taxpayers and $74 million in additional school services and remedial instructional costs to be paid by local school district taxpayers for a grand total of at least $4.74 billion in new spending to be borne by America's hard-pressed taxpayers.

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