AWCheney’s Forum On Immigration

Illegal Aliens and Public Education

Without question, the education of our children is an absolute imperative, and federal law requires the public school education of all children from kindergarten through grade 12, regardless of residence or legal presence in this country. So, there is no question as to whether we will or will not provide education for children of illegal aliens, we will, like it or not.

However, maybe I’m odd, but I’m not “rich” and I like to know what I pay for things…whether I can do without it or not. For example, I can’t do without groceries, but when I go to the store to buy, I know how much I pay for potatoes, milk, peas, hamburger and steak. Then, if I decide to pick up a six-pack of beer on top of all that, I know how much that will cost me. I might ask myself if I can afford it or not? Then, deciding yes, after I check-out, I know the total cost, the cost of each item and I even know how much tax I had to pay on my purchases. Similarly, I am curious as to how many tax dollars are spent educating those who are in this country illegally…not that I can do anything about it, I can’t, but just as I like to know how much I pay for potatoes, I like knowing how my tax dollars are spent, and in particular, I’d like to know what I’m paying to educate those who shouldn’t be here in the first place.

It has been estimated that nationally, $12 Billion is spent each year on primary and secondary education of children who are in this country illegally, and another $17 Billion is spent educating “anchor babies,” American-born children of illegal aliens.
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Well, being the curious one that I am, I thought I’d go to the Prince William Schools website (Prince William County Approved School Board Budget Fiscal Year 2009 ) to see how much of OUR tax dollars support education of illegal alien children and those children born in this country of illegal aliens. Now, before you try this, let me warn you, it’s not something to be done while waiting for your wife to finish putting on her make-up.

This 426 page document doesn’t read exactly like a novel, and in addition to documenting the outstanding accomplishments of the school system and its teachers and staff, it outlines every credit and expenditure in the approved budget. Just to give you an idea of the detail, it includes the big-ticket items such as the Superintendent’s salary ($248,865) and the salary of ten associate superintendents ($1,515,600 ) — let’s see, if my math is correct, that’s an average of $151,560 per. It goes on to give a great deal of clarity into education finances, for example the Executive Administration department has budgeted $8,739 for printing services during FY2008 – FY2009. During this same time frame, the Communications Services Department has budgeted $500 for rental equipment. So, suffice it to say, if you want to know what our school system pays for something, you’ll find it there!

Well, at least that’s what I thought, but when it comes to my original question, “How much do we pay for the education of illegal alien children,” I couldn’t find it. OK, well, that’s a sizable expenditure, I’m sure, and in all those 426 pages, I must have just missed it, so I asked my school board representative. In short order, my request for information was forwarded to the Superintendent, who forwarded it to the Assistant Superintendent, who forwarded it to one of the Associate Supervisors for a response. Well, I recognize that this is a very busy time of the year for the school system, so I was patient and finally received a response concerning the question of how many illegal alien children, or children of illegal alien parents attend PWC schools.

The long and the short of it is, they don’t know. From the Director for the Office of Student Services, Prince William County Public Schools, here’s the response I received:

“School Division staff does not ask students or parents about their citizenship or visa status. The Virginia Department of Education provided specific information regarding such inquiries in Superintendent’s Memo No. 140 dated July 27, 2007. This information indicates that “Pursuant to a decision by the United States Supreme< Court, school divisions are not permitted to inquire into a prospective student’s citizenship or visa status in order to enroll the student. School divisionsare required to accept students who meet residency requirements under * 22.1-3 of the Code of Virginia and may not deny free public education to undocumented school-age children who reside within their jurisdiction because they do not hold valid United States citizenship or a student visa.” Therefore, if parents provide school staff with appropriate documentation (per Regulation 346-1, Tuition) proving residency in PWC, their students are enrolled in school.”

Well now, doesn’t that seem a bit odd — we know what the school system pays for printing services, athletics, and the music department…and we know how many children are categorized as having learning disabilities, but we’re not allowed to know how many students being educated at taxpayer expense are in this country illegally.

So, I guess that until we can get the Supreme Court “fixed” or the Virginia Department of Education “fixed” — and that’s not likely to happen soon — I’ll just have to be content with knowing what I pay for those things that they want me to know about. Oh well, what comes next, an “international flag” over our state house?

Si Senor….

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September 7, 2008 8:03 pm - Posted by | Op-Ed | , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. […] Original freedom6 […]

    Pingback by ezineaerticles » Blog Archive » Illegal Aliens and Public Education | September 7, 2008 9:01 pm | Reply

  2. You want to waste your time “fixing” the Supreme Court but you don’t want to get Congress to fix the real issue here? Interesting choice of using resources, time, and money.

    Comment by kgotthardt | September 24, 2008 9:21 am | Reply

  3. It is not my intent to defend a post, but when a reader and commenter just “doesn’t get it” the first time, I think it only appropriate to help that person. So, wait a minute, kgothard…you need to spend a little more time reading the factual entries rather than the emotional entries on your blog….please check “Representative Democracy?” here, in which it was clearly stated:

    “There is no single issue facing our country where the failure of politicians to learn and represent is more glaring than in the area of immigration and the enforcement of our federal immigration laws.

    The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 is a prime example; it included a number of provisions concerning reporting, proof of residency, and payment of back taxes and fines that could never have been enforced, not even to mention being funded. Yet this piece of legislation was crafted by a few “experts” and presented as “here’s what’s best for America.” In response, millions of American citizens spoke up in horror and to the embarrassment of a few, the issue was tabled.”

    Yes, the courts (including the US Supreme Court) do need to be fixed such that they recognize there role…and to legislate, it is not. However, that does not in any way minimize the importance of our Congress 1) securing our southern border and 2) gracefully showing those here illegally (of all races and nationalities) the way back home.

    Comment by freedom | September 24, 2008 5:09 pm | Reply

  4. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    Comment by RaiulBaztepo | March 31, 2009 3:50 am | Reply

  5. Thank you, Raiul…your comments are kind and appreciated.

    I would like to add also that there’s certainly nothing wrong with your English here. In fact, some of us tend to get a bit sloppy with OUR use of our own language. Since you say that you’ve just started to “learn this language,” you might find it helpful to post again and again. If I might be of help, I’d be happy to assist. 🙂

    Comment by freedom | April 1, 2009 7:45 am | Reply

  6. Please read this, it is astounding! I want to know where my money is going also!

    WHY ARE WE BANKRUPT?

    Informative, and mind boggling!

    You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:

    Boy, was I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.

    I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts.

    1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

    Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

    2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

    3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

    4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    Verify at: http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.HTML

    5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    Verify at http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

    6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

    Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/%20TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

    7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    Verify at: http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

    8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

    Verify at: http://premium.CNN.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML

    9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

    Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSC%20RI%20PTS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

    10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US

    Verify at: http://transcripts.CNN.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.HTML

    11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.

    Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht
    12. The National policy Institute, estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.’

    Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/PDF/deportation.PDF

    13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

    Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm&gt;

    14. ‘The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States .’

    Verify at: http: // http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

    The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU’RE LIKE ME HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS $338,300,000,000.00 WHICH WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.

    Comment by USA citizen | June 10, 2009 7:41 am | Reply

  7. Currently, one in every five students has an immigrant or illegal alien parent. One-quarter of these children were foreign-born. Legal and illegal immigration will account for 96 percent of the increase in the school-age population over the next 50 years. If mass immigration continues, the education of all children in America will continue to be undermined. Education costs will continue to escalate while quality of education will continue to decline.

    Comment by idebenone | February 22, 2013 12:57 am | Reply

  8. The actions by the Federal Government through the recent years is a clear indication to me that our Society is being destroyed from within. If something is not done soon I fear we could end up like Rome…

    Comment by J L McFadden | August 17, 2014 10:17 am | Reply


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