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ENDING PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR NON-CITIZENS: CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 187

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In 1994, California had the second weakest economy in the nation (Kadetsky 102) and because of this, its public education had fallen in rank from among the top 10 states to among the bottom 10 states (Herschensohn A20). The number of illegal aliens in California was 43% of all of those in the nation, totaling almost 1.7 million people (Kadetsky 102). Raul Hinajosa of the Inter-American Development Bank set the net flow of illegal immigrants to almost 100,000 people a year, the majority of whom were women and children ("California here we still come" 53). The recession caused a loss of 1/3 of the revenue previously received by the state government, yet California maintained its per pupil spending which accounted for almost $1.7 billion spent on educating illegal immigrant children. With 2/3 of all of the babies born in Los Angeles being born to non-citizens, the high cost and lack of sufficient funds to educate children would not disappear.

 

The purpose of the law is not to inflict undue stress among immigrants, but rather to ensure that the quality of education is not diminished for students who are legally here in this country. The law is not requiring any more of the students of public schooling than it currently asks of all employers. The proposition is applied to only those foreign citizens who violate our Federal law by entering this country illegally. "If a person is here unlawfully, he should be entitled to no benefits" (McCarthy 41). According to U.S. News and World Report, if "illegals broke the law when they jumped the border ahead of those who have waited for a long time- they broke the law and ethics- why should they be rewarded with free stuff from our government" (Zuckerman 110)?