Nearly 2,000 migrant children brought to Carolinas, report says

Posted at 2:51 PM, Aug 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-15 14:53:33-04

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory is calling on the federal government to be more transparent about the migrant children it is sending to the Carolinas, according to a report from WGHP via WSOC.

WSOC-TV reported that tens of thousands of Latin American children have swarmed across the Mexican border into the U.S. and now Charlotte could begin housing them.

There are more than 1,400 children in North Carolina and more than 400 in South Carolina.

Schools pay on average $11,000 per student each year. The tens of thousands of immigrant children are guaranteed a public education under federal law.

That will cost schools more than $413 million nationwide this year, according to the report. Some say that is not fair to taxpayers.

“You get some federal money for education, but because you pick up, whatever, x number of kids in your school district, the government is not going to give you a check to cover those extra students,” said James Carafano with Heritage Foundation.

Read the entire report from WGHP via WSOC, HERE.