This Is How Much It Will Cost Taxpayers To Educate Illegal Immigrant Children This Year

The cost to educate the thousands of illegal immigrant children who have come into the country since the Southern board crisis is estimated to cost taxpayers about $761 million just this year, according to a new study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Over the past year, roughly $37,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally entered the country, mainly from Central America. FAIR conducted the analysis based on statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services and education funding from every state in the country.

“We’re not doing American students any favors by dumping in tens of thousands of additional illegal alien children,” FAIR’s Bob Dane told Fox News.

Education funding is always a battle, and the recession took a toll on available dollars. Thirty-five states are still spending less per pupil than they did in 2008, and school infrastructure is suffering. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average age of K-12 public school buildings is 44 years old.

More than half are in need of repair, with the total cost of bringing them up to good condition pegged at $4.5 billion.

The states paying the most for educating illegal immigrant children include California, Texas, Florida and New York. New York taxpayers, alone, will pay the most at $147 million this year.

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