Alexandria has pretty much declared itself a sanctuary jurisdiction for illegal aliens, making it perfectly clear that it will not take any action to discourage the unlawful presence of illegal aliens unless required to do so by law. As a result, they’ve seen an influx of students that taxpayers are now responsible for, and from the looks of their explanations, it’s pretty clear that there’s a significant component within this enrollment increase of illegal aliens. Here’s where the impacts of bad policy begin to appear.
From News Channel 8:
School officials say there’s not one specific reason for the increase, but point to the economy. They say gas prices and the high foreclosure rate in Fairfax County are forcing families to move to Alexandria. In addition, they say the crackdown on illegal immigration in Prince William County is bringing more families to Alexandria.
“That is definitely a concern if class sizes go up,” said parent Dorthe Levine. “Where do we put all the students?”
Indeed. Just how does a locality deal with a sudden influx of transferring students without negatively impacting the students already there? They can’t build new schools in time to deal with this, so the unavoidable immediate impact is increased class sizes, and that’s to the inevitable detriment to existing students.
Note that the Rule of Law Resolution is a significant factor in all of this. While Prince William County is encouraging illegal aliens to leave and seeing decreases in enrollment, Fairfax (keeping the “welcome mat” out for illegal aliens) and Alexandria and Arlington (NOVA’s explicit sanctuary jurisdictions) are having the burden of supporting the unlawful presence of illegal aliens that imposes some dramatic costs and resource crises. We had these jurisdictions try to lecture Prince William County while we had to bear these costs and impacts, but now that some of the costs and impacts have been shifted to them, they’re either completely confused about how they might deal with these challenges, or whining to state and federal authorities about how they need more financial support. Looking back at their ignorant lectures, there’s a rather satisfying sense of vindication here.
Probably the largest fiscal impact of illegal immigration is in local schools, not only because of increased enrollment, but that ESOL students cost 50% more to educate than students who speak English as their primary language. If Prince William Continues to shift this burden to other localities which refuse to address the illegal alien issue on their own, all the better for Prince William County taxpayers. It also serves as a pretty clear demonstration for other localities about the fiscal irresponsibility of disregarding the problem, and may encourage them to stop coddling illegal aliens and start exercising some responsibility towards legal taxpayers.
Note: This post has been updated to correct my lack of distinction between Arlington and the City of Alexandria. In terms of their policies, they are rather difficult to distinguish.
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