A recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that children of immigrants, many in the United States illegally, compose the majority of the student population in 700 of the country’s largest school areas.
The report, compiled using Census Bureau statistics and Google Maps, exposed an unexpected trend that is reshaping education and society in America.
In areas including northern Virginia, Houston, and New York City, 93 percent of all students are the children of immigrants.
“The number of children from immigrant households in schools is now so high in some areas that it raises profound questions about assimilation,” the report noted.
“What’s more, immigration has added enormously to the number of public school students who are in poverty and the number who speak a foreign language. This cannot help but to create significant challenges for schools, often in areas already struggling to educate students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
The report disclosed city and county numbers in the “Public Use Micro Areas” used in Census studies, and focused on those with 20,600 students or more.
According to the report, 23 percent of all public school students enrolled in 2015 were from an immigrant household, compared to 11 percent in 1990, and 7 percent in 1980.
Also notable was that “between one-fourth and one-third of public school students from immigrant households were the children of illegal immigrants.”
The director of research for the Center, Steven Camarota, who authored the report said, “Of course, we must educate the children of immigrants. The key question moving forward is whether it makes sense to continue to admit one million new legal permanent immigrants each year and tolerating illegal immigration without regard to the absorption capacity of our schools in terms of both educating students and assimilating them.”
California was found to have the largest percentage of immigrant students in public schools at 48 percent, followed by Nevada at 35 percent, New Jersey and New York at 34 percent, and Texas at 31 percent.
The majority are children of Mexican or El Salvadoran parents.
Camarota also discovered that many immigrant families are poor, cutting the tax base from which schools receive funding.
Areas with the most immigrant students are:
— 93 percent in Northeast Dade County, North Central Hialeah City.
— 91 percent in Jackson in Heights and North Corona New York City.
— 85 percent in Westpark Tollway Houston, TX.
— 83 percent in El Monte and South El Monte Cities, CA.
— 78 percent in Annandale & West Falls Church, VA.
— 74 percent in Fort Lee, Cliffside Park & Palisades Park, NJ.
H/T: Washington Examiner
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