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Aug. 12, 2014

Dept. of Education Says Education ‘Right’ for Illegals

The Department of Education said the unaccompanied children crossing the border have a right to the U.S. educational system. While under the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, the children receive education. If they are placed in foster care, the children have a right to attend local schools. The department distributed a memo that said, “All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status. This includes recently arrived unaccompanied children, who are in immigration proceedings while residing in local communities with a parent, family member, or other appropriate adult sponsor.” A noble goal, yes, but it creates a problem in the country where school enrollment fraud is a serious issue, where school districts go after parents who send their children to another, better school system. Meanwhile, the cost of educating children from other countries runs about $12,000 per student per year. Who’s going to pick up that tab? More…

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