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Leftists Complain That President Trump Is Doing Too Much For American Children, Not Enough For Illegal Aliens

Jeff Katz
June 18, 2019 - 2:30 pm

President Trump's immigration reforms have cut the amount of taxpayer money to American schools that allow children of illegal immigrants.

According to the New York Times, federal funding for Baltimore’s John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School has declined because many adults immigrants are refusing to enroll in federal welfare programs. They don't enroll because they fear they will receive deportation notices as a result.

More than 60 percent of the children in the Baltimore school are children of legal or illegal migrants who are learning English as a second language. The PublicSchoolReview.com also shows that the school’s population more than doubled from 300 to 750 from 2008 to 2016 as many Central Americans illegally migrated into the United States.

The Trump administration has ramped up efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S., and one of the strategies is deterring illegal immigrants from enrolling in federal aid and welfares programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. Programs such as these allow employers to hire immigrants and other Americans at far below-average wages.

Public schools take great advantage of the influx of migrant children. In Baltimore, the inflow allowed the principal to add 25 new teachers, according to the PublicSchoolReview.com site. The New York Times‘ headline even admitted “Immigrants Brought Riches to Urban Schools. Now They’re in the Shadows.”

And while these schools benfit financially from the increasing number of migrant children, the education of American children has suffered.

According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the education of American children is declining as schools make bigger pushes for diversity:

An article in a Nashville newspaper about public schools “straining at the seams” chronicled an [English Language Learner] ELL student who maintained a B grade point average but lacked the ability to read or write English. In one [Limited English Proficiency] LEP class, 35 students spoke 16 languages and displayed skills ranging from illiterate to high functioning, which made it “that much harder to tailor lesson plans.” Several graduates of John Overton High School in Nashville returned to tell the principal that “they went out in to the world, only to find they lacked the English skills they should have gotten” in school. The mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts, admitted that adult illegal aliens are enrolled in city high schools, that illegal immigrant students often repeat grades and that an influx of immigrants is straining the school system and other city services.