Bean Details Impact of Illegal Immigration on K-12 Schools

Bean Details Impact of Illegal Immigration on K-12 Schools

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
June 7, 2024

Early in May, Representative Aaron Bean (R-FL) savaged Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the impact of illegal immigration on our nation's K-12 public school system. After a more recent hearing, the Florida Congressman made a series of comments to Fox News Digital, describing the effect the border crisis has had on schools, to the point that even blue state representatives are "fed up."

Rep. Bean estimated there are 500,000 illegal immigrant children in the United States, "and one of the very first places we feel the impact of illegal immigration is our K through 12 schools."

"So yesterday we invited representatives from some of our largest school districts in California, New York, and Texas, and they told shocking stories of just how hard it is to deal with these ever-increasing numbers that just show up," Rep. Bean continued, repeating stories of classes held in hallways and schools forced to find teachers who can teach in foreign languages.

"In fact, one school district has over 17 different languages they have to hire for. That is just a vast draining of resources," the Florida Congressman commented, further noting that New York schools have been closed to house illegal immigrants.

Such a strain on the education system only exacerbates the learning loss many children have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are already struggling right now still with COVID, with the learning loss that has set us back nearly two decades. How about that? It is not two years; it is two decades," Bean continued.

As a result, he urged the border to be shut down, ripping President Biden's recent executive action limiting crossings to 2,500 per day as having "more holes than Swiss cheese" and adding, "Hopefully, if Biden cannot shut down the border, maybe there is somebody coming in behind him who can, and that is what we are hoping for."

Moreover, Bean suggested that "that is where people are just fed up, even in the blue states. That is the funny [part]. We had blue state representatives at our hearing, and they are also fed up, and the sanctuary policy stuff, sanctuary city, and state policy is garbage [and] is going to the window because the numbers we have seen, it is just out of control."

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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