US taxpayers are paying close to $60 billion each year to educate illegal immigrant students, the US-born children of illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, and refugees, Alabama Republican Congressman Bradley Bryn said last week.
It was during a congressional hearing when Representative Byrne pushed back against pro-mass migration Democrats who attacked Trump’s “America First” immigration policy, noting that the massive burden of the country’s mass immigration system – where over 1.5 million are allowed in each year – falls on American taxpayers who subsidize the astronomical cost.
During his address to US lawmakers, Bryn said: “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. Can anyone tell me how much we spend on public education for that population of students? It’s around $60 billion.”
The Alabama lawmaker then noted that the cost of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that are mandated by the federal government for the nearly 10 percent of students at US schools with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) are paid for by the state and local residents.
Bryne continued, saying: “What percentage of ESL programs are paid for by the federal government that requires them? Just over one percent. 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.”
The Washington Post recently smeared residents of Worthington, Minnesota after some members of the community opposed tax increases to accommodate the influx of illegal immigrants in their already overcrowded school system.
The author of the piece notes that the number of non-English speaking children in Worthington has nearly doubled since 2013, while unaccompanied minors in the town’s high school have almost tripled.