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Immigration and Education: Undermining America’s Future
Michael W. Cutler, Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)

Education is essential for success in America today. It has been said that if you give a man a fish you will feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you will feed him for a lifetime. America’s schools are frequently overcrowded and costs associated with education have increased dramatically. Immigration is a component of this problem, particularly illegal immigration.

In December 2007, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published a report: The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments that included this important paragraph: In terms of public education, unauthorized immigrants who are minors increase the overall number of students attending public schools, and they may also require more educational services than do native-born children because of a lack of proficiency in English. Analyses from several states indicate that the costs of educating students who did not speak English fluently were 20 percent to 40 percent higher than the costs incurred for native-born students.

While the report is more than a decade old, all that has changed is that there are currently many more illegal alien children attending schools across the United States than there were when the report was published. This is yet another area with the “migrant caravans” is having a huge negative impact on Americans as schools are flooded with the children from those caravans.

Additionally, the United States has been providing foreign students with education in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. Students from the PRC (People’s Republic of China accounted for the greatest number of foreign
students according to the April 2018 report issued by SEVIS the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) that tracks information concerning foreign students in the United States and the schools that are authorized to enroll foreign students. The report noted that there were more than one million foreign students in the United States in 2018.

China enjoys Most Favored Nation status but has repeatedly demonstrated that it is an adversary of the United States committing intellectual property theft and espionage on such a large-scale and routine manner that the U.S. intelligence community has come to refer to these acts by China sarcastically as “Chinese Take-Out!” Our policies facilitate these actions by providing Chinese students with world-class education and then offering them Optional Practical Training where they are gainfully employed by U.S. companies providing them with opportunities to engage in intellectual property theft and computer hacking.

According to the most recent analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), one illegal immigrant living in America today costs U.S. citizen taxpayers about $8,075. In total, illegal aliens cost American taxpayers $116 billion annually.

FAIR researchers note the increasing costs of illegal immigration is a “disturbing and unsustainable trend.” Costs to taxpayers have risen by nearly $3 billion since 2013, when illegal aliens’ total cost to taxpayers was $113 billion, according to FAIR.

A FAIR study in 2017 found illegal immigrants are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year, not including the cost of enforcing the border.  Furthermore, education of illegal aliens costs $1.6B annually, according to FAIR. See chart below.

Episode 2: THEY COME TO AMERICA PODCAST will premier on Friday, May 10 at 5pm here on this website.  To listen to Episode 1 with Michael Cutler and Dennis Michael Lynch, click here.

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