Spencer Lindquist, Breitbart, September 30, 2022
A new report found that the Biden administration’s immigration policies are costing the American education system tens of billions of taxpayer dollars every year.
The report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is titled “The Elephant in the Classroom: Mass Immigration Imposing Colossal Cost and Challenges on Public Education.”
The report contains a number of concerning findings. According to FAIR, one in ten students is considered “Limited English Proficient,” which has resulted in an annual expenditure of $78 billion to provide remedial English instruction.
Furthermore, the surge of illegal immigration during the Biden administration means that the need for remedial English instruction is “outpacing the nation’s education system’s ability to hire enough teachers qualified to meet the needs of LEP kids.”
Perhaps even more concerning, the $78 billion price tag only takes into account enrollment figures from 2020 due to a “two year delay in releasing official enrollment and detailed cost data in most states and school districts.” This means that the cost of the Biden border crisis on the American education system has not yet been fully realized.
This figure is up $18.8 billion since 2016. Additionally, the price tag does not include the cost of free or subsidized meals.