The influx of millions of people into our country illegally has strained public services and placed a disproportionate burden on black communities.

In education, black students are more likely to suffer the consequences of expanding class sizes to accommodate immigrants than are white students.

According to a 2017 report by the Center for Immigration Studies, 23% of students in public schools today are from immigrant households. That represents a more than four-fold increase from 1980, when they represented just 7% of the student population.[i]

White students are less likely to feel the effects of this because they are less likely to attend public schools and because whites who do attend public schools are significantly less likely to attend schools serving immigrant populations.

While just under 50% of students enrolled in public schools are white and 16% are black, 69% of students enrolled in private schools are white and just 9% black.[ii]

Whites who do attend public schools are less likely to attend schools with large numbers of immigrants – legal or illegal. Close to 82% of white students attend schools where the majority of the student body is also white, while 44% of blacks attended schools where the majority of the student body is also black.[iii]

In 83 of the largest 100 cities, black and Hispanic students attended schools with majority non-white student populations.[iv]

Already-beleaguered public schools are increasingly unable to serve their citizen population due to immigrant surges. This has created a cycle of low education and diminished employment opportunity that is leading to greater antipathy toward our country and free enterprise – the touch stone of the American dream for blacks and whites alike.

Black subsidization of immigrants carries over into other programs as well.

Forty-two percent of immigrants use Medicaid programs versus 23% of non-immigrants and 40% use food programs versus 22% of non-immigrants.[v]

The Kaiser Foundation estimates 39% of such immigrants are uninsured, while the Migration Policy Institute, which analyzes U.S. Census data, estimates as many as 71 percent of undocumented adults do not have insurance.[vi]

Many illegal immigrants also use hospital and health care facilities in cities and localities without bearing the cost of those services, forcing many blacks in the inner city to compete for needed health care. A 2016 Wall Street Journal article noted that 25 counties with large undocumented populations provide some non-emergency health care to these immigrants at an estimated cost of more than $1 billion each year.[vii]

Illegal immigration costs taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs – some $84 billion – are absorbed by state and local governments.[viii]

State and local governments overwhelming fund their efforts through property, sales and income taxes. Black citizens pay more than their share for these services yet, in too many communities, the availability of the very programs and assistance their taxes are supposed to pay for are reduced or unavailable due to illegal residents using them.

Blacks deserve a better deal on immigration. They shouldn’t be forced to subsidize people who are not in the United States legally.

Project 21 recommends…

  • Barring illegal aliens from accessing any public services, except emergency services.
  • Terminating federal funding of any social service agency that provides non-emergency services to illegal immigrants.
  • Prosecuting providers and recipients who allow scarce federally-funded social services to be used by non-citizens unlawfully in the country.
  • Ending states’ special programs for assisting unlawful immigrants and redirect those funds to needy citizens.

[i] Steven A. Camarota, Bryan Griffith and Karen Ziegler, “Mapping the Impact of Immigration on Public Schools,” Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, D.C., January 9, 2017, available at https://cis.org/Report/Mapping-Impact-Immigration-Public-Schools.

[ii] Michael Q. McShane, “Understanding America’s Private Schools,” American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C., August 23, 2017, available at http://www.aei.org/publication/understanding-americas-private-schools/.

[iii] Abigail Geiger, “Many Minority Students Go to Schools Where at Least Half of Their Peers are Their Race or Ethnicity,” FactTank, Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C., October 25, 2017, available at http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/25/many-minority-students-go-to-schools-where-at-least-half-of-their-peers-are-their-race-or-ethnicity/.

[iv] Janie Boschma and Ronald Brownstein, “The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools,” The Atlantic, February 29, 2016, available at https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/02/concentration-poverty-american-schools/471414/.

[v] Camarota, “Welfare Use by Immigrant and Native Households,” Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, D.C., September 10, 2015, available at https://cis.org/Report/Welfare-Use-Immigrant-and-Native-Households.

[vi] Teresa Wiltz, “Aging Undocumented Immigrants Pose Costly Health Care Challenge,” CNNMoney, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4, 2018, available at https://cis.org/Report/Welfare-Use-Immigrant-and-Native-Households.

[vii] Louise Radnofsky, “Illegal Immigrants Get Public Health Care, Despite Federal Policy,” Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2016, available at https://www.wsj.com/articles/illegal-immigrants-get-public-health-care-despite-federal-policy-1458850082.

[viii] Matt O’Brien and Spencer Raley, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” Federation for American Immigration Reform, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017, available at https://fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/fiscal-burden-illegal-immigration-united-states-taxpayers.