For those who know that government funding does not magically come from elves and fairies, Atlanta Journal- Constitution’s article titled “If immigrants flee, schools may take hit” shows laughable bias. (This is from the Metro section of Sunday’s paper; the online article’s title is a bit more toned down.) AJC frets over how Georgia’s new immigration enforcement law is causing illegal immigrants and their children, many legal on account of being born here, to flee en masse. The angle is that this will detrimentally lessen the roster for Georgia public schools. Hence they’ll receive less state and federal funding for staffing, construction, etc… It’s presented practically as afterthought the obvious upside that the funding wouldn’t be needed given lower enrollment rates.
Also sparingly mentioned and severely downplayed is the glaring fact that by being here illegally, the parents of these children don’t cover the cost of their education. That’s $8,761 per student, not including federal funds. At Path Academy in Dekalb, 70 percent of the students are Hispanic and 88 percent qualify for free or reduced rate meals. Now I don’t mind buying a child a meal. I would just rather do it of my own volition than because the government forces me.
Besides, the surest way to get a lot more of something is to give it a government subsidy. That burden falls on the taxpayers. And it’s not a small one. Based on census findings, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates Georgia taxpayers spend $1.4 billion a year educating the children of illegal immigrants. That’s roughly a third of the state deficit.
AJC harps on the many sob stories of such families. Some common threads:
- Adults knew it was a crime to come to Georgia undocumented.
- They produced large families once here.
- They fear going back to Mexico because of the crime and drugs, yet don’t seem too anxious to assimilate as Americans.
- There’s no account of any illegal immigrant profiled in this piece attempting to become legal despite generational stays in America.
One woman still told the interviewer her story in Spanish even though she had lived here for 14 years, ample time to learn English. Her daughter is very active in her school, even starring in and helping put on the musical “Hairspray.” The girl also participated in a March rally at the Capitol where thousands protested the new state law.
Clearly, this young lady has developed a sense of entitlement. There’s just something egregious about admitting how execrable it is to live in Mexico and hence, basically demanding a free, or heavily subsidized, ride here. PJTV pundit AlfonZo Rachel put it so truthfully and with a refreshing lack of political correctness: the Mexican people are such talented, hard workers. They can build anything, fix anything, and they can do it inexpensively. Why can’t they fix their own country?
And for those wanting to brand me racist; my maiden name is Trujillo. I grew up in New Mexico. My family kept their rich cultural traditions but still assimilated as Americans. They didn’t decry America as bigoted and intolerant yet inherently claim amnesty given the homeland is so much worse.