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DC-Area Education Budgets Overwhelmed By Flood of Illegals

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 02:44 PM

Illegal immigrants are creating a budget crisis in schools in the Washington D.C. area, as the wealthy national capital region struggles to pay for a vast new demand to teach English to foreign students, according to a new study.

Meanwhile cities from the Northwest to New England are copying liberal Maryland suburbs of Washington where foreigners are allowed to vote in local elections, The Washington Post reported this week.

The education budget strain and the move to enfranchise foreign residents come as Congress is struggling with a bill that would refuse to fund any program that deals with President Obama's immigration amnesty while providing money for the rest of the budget of the Department of Homeland Security.

A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that illegal immigrants are overwhelming the education budgets in Washington and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

"While more money is being spent in D.C. area schools on (English-language) education, these same school districts are cutting funding in other areas, or struggling to find ways to fund current ones, usually by proposing to raise property and transit taxes," said FAIR, which opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and supports stricter limits on legal immigration.

"As the number of (those) students in area schools continues to increase, the resources available for English-speaking students are diverted into programs for non-English speakers."

In Washington, English is not spoken in 15 percent of the homes. In Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland a foreign language is the main tongue in about 25 percent of households.

FAIR spokesman Ira Mehlman told the Washington Examiner that the burden on the local Washington-area schools comes from a failure to enforce U.S. immigration law.

"What is likely to happen is that the quality of their education is going to diminish," Mehlman said. "The resources available won't be spent on them. It's an additional burden on schools that are already overburdened."

Meanwhile, cities from Madison, Wis., to Amherst, Mass., are considering following the example of Takoma Park, Md., one of the most liberal towns in the Washington suburbs. Takoma Park has allowed legal immigrant residents to vote in local elections since 1992. Five other Maryland towns in Democrat-dominated Montgomery County also allow foreign residents to vote in municipal elections.

However, that move has sparked opposition in Maryland where a Republican member of the state legislature has tried to reverse the trend.

"If Osama bin Laden was alive today and he moved to Takoma Park, he could register to vote and hold office," Del. Patrick McDonough thundered during a session of the Maryland General Assembly in 2012.

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