North Carolina: Illegals Cost $210M A Year In Education

News14 Charlotte

The cost of educating children of illegal immigrants is more than 20 times what it was 10 years ago, and some argue that the money would be better spent on other students.

A study by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed educating illegal immigrants’ children costs the state an estimated $210 million a year. Ten years before, the figure was less than $10 million.
The state has already been overwhelmed trying to pay for people who are supposed to be here, said Ron Woodard, director of the Cary-based group N.C. Listen, which advocates for greater immigration restrictions.

‘Why are we having to spend money on people who are here illegally?’ Woodard said in a series appearing this week in the News & Observer of Raleigh.

Others counter that money spent on the education of immigrants will pay off in future tax revenues from higher salaries. Poorly educated immigrants require more money for programs such as Medicaid or possibly jail time, they said.

‘It’s peanuts in the scheme of things,’ said James H. Johnson Jr., co-author of the Kenan Institute study. ‘What would we rather do, leave these people uneducated? It’s a form of enlightened self-interest to invest in these kids.’

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