‘Govt. encouraging fraud’: Summer’s flood of illegal immigrant children swamping US schools

Unaccompanied minors are pouring into America’s classrooms at an alarming rate, and many are unable to read or speak English.

Teachers and school districts across the country are being forced to accommodate tens of thousands of children, Fox News reported Saturday.

“They may have only gone to second or third grade [and] have limited literacy in their first language,” Kelly Reider, county administrator for Anne Arundel County, Md., told Fox. “That does create a different kind of teaching impact on a school than our traditional immigrant families.”

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About 63,000 children from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have been apprehended this year, and each deportation proceeding takes an average of 500 days, according to The Hill.

The Obama administration sent 1,000 undocumented children to Louisiana “without telling us, without telling social services, without telling the schools,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday on the “Laura Ingraham Show.”

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Nassau County on Long Island, N.Y., received 1,096 children, and Harris County, Texas, took in 2,866, Fox News reported.

“All children in the United States are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents’ actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status,” the U.S. Department of Education said in a fact sheet sent to administrators this month, estimating that there are “more than 840,000 immigrant students in the United States, and more than 4.6 million English learners.”

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. — the two top Republican lawmakers on congressional judiciary committees — told the Department of Homeland Security that immigration officials are fraudulently allowing children to stay in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to Fox News.

“The American people deserve to understand why their own government would be encouraging fraud and potentially even helping some who want to do us harm [and] game the system in order to do so,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Homeland Security.

The deferred action program was meant as a reprieve to children who were already in the country, the lawmakers wrote, and immigration officials are not verifying that requirement.

Meanwhile, President Obama believes the surge is over.

“The number of apprehensions in August are down from July, and they’re actually lower than they were August of last year,” Obama said, according to Fox. “Apprehensions in July were half of what they were in June.”

Not true, according to Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tx. “There is a downturn with all categories of illegal immigrants in the summer. It’s the hottest month, it’s probably the most dangerous time to cross hundreds of miles of desert, and so this is not unusual,” Smith said. “I do think there will be an uptick again,” the lawmaker told Fox.

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