Report: Immigration Costs Miami-Dade Schools $22 Million a Year

David Smiley, Miami Herald, March 9, 2013

As lawmakers in Washington consider changes to immigration laws, Miami-Dade public school officials want them to know just how much their policies are taxing South Florida’s classrooms.

According to a report released last week, the district pays $22 million each year to educate new students who come to South Florida from other countries and enroll in K-12 classes. The report says close to 1,000 new immigrant students enter Miami-Dade classes on average each month—totaling about 11,000 a year—costing about $2,000 more per student than those who come from South Florida and don’t require additional language services.

The “Immigration Impact Briefing,” compiled at the request of Miami-Dade School Board member and Republican political consultant Carlos Curbelo, says the extra $22 million—a conservative estimate—is not reimbursed by federal or state funds. Translation: It comes from Miami-Dade taxpayers.


District figures show the melting pot in Miami-Dade filters down into the public school system, where as of February there were more than 68,000 foreign-born students enrolled in classes. That’s one out of every five students, mostly from Cuba, though students come from countries as far flung as Poland and Nigeria.

Among immigration’s effects on the district, according to the report:

• Additional English for Speakers of Other Languages courses must be offered to accommodate “English language learners,” and likewise additional teachers must be must be certified and ESOL-endorsed. The cost of ESOL, which is not reimbursed by the state or federal government, is about $1,500 a student.

• Students who come from other countries cost the district close to $500 each to provide “student stations”—a desk, classroom space—because their enrollment is unexpected.

• For some students uprooted abruptly from their schooling, the district must provide a “transitional newcomer program” that caters to cultural and language needs.

The “federal government should fully fund the cost of its immigration policies on local school districts,” the report states. {snip}


Charlene Burks, administrative director of the district’s federal and state compliance office, said most immigrant students come to South Florida under stable circumstances with their families. Some even come only for the winter and are enrolled in school for just a few weeks. But sudden influxes can happen, such as in the winter of 2010 after the major earthquake in Haiti, which sent Haitian children by the thousands into South Florida schools.


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  • jambi19

    I am waiting for the typical Democrat/GOP figurehead to come out and say, “You see! We need amnesty because then we will save 22$ million. Think of the potential!” Makes me want to bash my head into the wall.

  • bigone4u

    This is an important article because it provides precise factual information on the cost of immigration. As a career economist, I believe that cost data is an important factor in helping people make public policy decisions. Support for immigration would erode if we can just get people to understand the direct costs like the ones in the story, and the indirect costs in terms of crime, erosion of trust, cultural pollution, etc. The BSers in Washington try to sell the benefits of immigration, while ignoring the costs.

    • DudeWheresMyCountry?

      Support for immigration? I don’t think there is much beyond the La Raza nationalists and their enablers and nothing is going to change their genocidal ideology. This is why there is war; you can’t always agree and this place isn’t big enough for the both of us.

      I wish we really were that monster everyone outside of the US pretends we are.

      • The__Bobster

        Go to the comments section of a boiler-plate immigration sob story and see how much support there is for the invaders. Any suport for amnesty has been triumped up by the usual suspects.

        • DudeWheresMyCountry?

          I disagree. Polls consistently show over 70% of US citizens are against amnesty and if you go to CNN, a leftist bastion and read the comments on an immigration/amnesty article and it will be 7-8 out of 10 saying no. I live in California and even here, believe it or not you will be hard pressed to find a pro amnesty type or pro Obama care type too often outside of a stupid 20 something or the usual Raza nationalists and lefties.

          Actually I see young 20 something Whites saying more and more often, “Wait, why are we being absorbed by the failed cultures of the world? Why do invaders have more opportunities and rights than me?”

          • Felix_M

            I think The_Bobster was speaking ironically when he said “…see how much sympathy there is for the invaders.”

  • Here’s the solution: pool all of the revenue from all school districts in the state, then redistribute it so the poor areas can function just a little bit longer.
    For God’s sake, the state went Obama last fall, so let the floridians pay for diversity.

  • Fed Up

    Six or seven years ago, AMREN ran an article — which was a report issued by The Brookings Institution pegging the then cost of illegal immigration at some $70 BILLION a year. We need an updated version of that article — a new study by a think-tank organization showing what these parasites really cost us in wasted tax dollars. In remittances siphoned off our economy and sent south.

    • The__Bobster

      Amnesty will cost us $2.6 trillion…and that’s assuming there are only 11 million of the ugly squat moster invaders here. We know the real number is 30-38 million. Chew on that.

      • Little brown squat monsters.

      • Felix_M

        As an exercise on how large a number a trillion is, if a person paid $10,000,000 on a trillion dollar debt everyday until it was paid off it would take almost 300 years…and this is not including the interest owed on such a debt.

        To bring into the country more people who demand more government spending when the country’s real wealth is shrinking is absurd.

  • Tom_in_Miami

    I wonder if this article is attempting to explain my property tax bill.

  • The__Bobster

    Miami Schools Bear Immigration Costs
    By Brenda Walker on March 11, 2013 at 7:28pm

    Poor Miami. It used to be a nice American city, until over a million Cuban exiles arrived who thought they could do a better job of running the place. Plus, in 1980 Castro dumped 125,000 of the worst of his criminals in the Mariel boatlift, celebrated by diversity enthusiasts as a great success as long as the outcome wasn’t inspected too closely. A police officer remarked at the time, “It was like an invading army was dropped in here to rape, pillage and burn in our town.”

    As a result, Miami became a center for crime, the Spanish language and Cuban culture. Diversity has added appalling practices like the criminal slaughter of families’ horses to supply the Cubans with horsemeat. In south Florida, a dead horse is more valuable than a live one. The area is also a hotbed of Medicare fraud committed by Cubans in the billions of dollars.

    Miami is thick with diversity. A recent Census community survey showed that 51.2% of the population in Miami-Dade County is foreign born. The same update revealed that a language other than English is spoken in 72.3% of households.

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  • Sam Spade

    Just think, this is in just ONE metro area and only deals with the school system. Now add up the entire country and all costs of the invaders from the south and its BILLIONS out of our pockets. And no White man can get a decent mid-level job anymore! I am seriously looking for some other country to move to. Somewhere in Eastern Europe.

    • Man with two chins

      You will find very few White nations that remain untouched by the curse of diversity my friend. Perhaps you might investigate Antarctica?

  • For some students uprooted abruptly from their schooling, the district must provide a “transitional newcomer program” that caters to cultural and language needs.

    Funny, I don’t remember foreign exchange students in high school requiring a “transitional newcomer program” or ESOL, and I drank with Guillermo fairly regularly, but he was from Madrid.

    As for the costs, it’s just not $22 million for 11,000 students, it’s $22 million plus the base cost of educating an additional 11,000 students. Numbers.

    ($8057* + $2000) X 11,000 = $110,627,000


    $110,627,000 is the real cost based on the number I found and used.

  • IKantunderstand

    Well, it’s pretty obvious, this country is not actually a country. We are a way station, or a temporary home to be used for economic gain. For some of us, (at this point, I think the unlucky of us, a permanent home). I am having a difficult time relating to the land I was born in. I resent that I feel that way. I did not vote or in anyway agree to this huge influx of strange people who smell weird, and have a completely different outlook on life than I do. I hate what has happened to my country. I am not interested in diversity. And, frankly, I am creeped out by the fact that diversity is so overwhelmingly interested in us. We Whites don’t want to move to China, nor India, we are not interested in Africa , or the Arabian peninsula, as a matter of fact, other than our innate interest in exploration, we are not interested in any of you at all. Look, it’s not our fault that you are not as smart, adventurous, brave, good looking, etc. Remember, race is a social construct. Thus, your jealousy of Whites is imaginary! We are nothing but a social construct! We Whites are imaginary! And, frankly, if trends continue, we Whites will in fact become imaginary. Um, could we fight back? Anytime now?

    • saxonsun

      We have an American flag up but I wonder why. This is not my country anymore and hasn’t been for a long time. My nation betrayed me–why should I support it?

  • bubo

    South Florida has been this way for a long time. Starting around Palm Beach it’s not what most people would call America.

  • JackKrak

    I refuse to believe for even a second that anyone in control of the Miami-Dade schools, anyone who works for Miami-Dade schools and around 90% of the people who send their children to Miami-Dade schools will make any kind of complaint of previous, current or future immigration to Miami.
    Now, using it as a front to get more money out of Washington is another matter……

  • Whirlwinder

    Illegal aliens cost Texas hundreds of millions per year. And that is just the emergency rooms of our hospitals who care for their medical needs and birth their multiple babies. Our school districts have to educate the non english speaking children of these aliens. Some school districts even recruit teachers from Mexico to teach these children. What madness are we creating for ourselves in this country?