Biden’s policies lead to over 400,000 undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities

Since taking office back in 2021, President Joe Biden's administration has allowed over five million illegal immigrants into this country.

Several states across the southern border have sounded the alarm as their cities continue to flood with immigrants who have illegally crossed over into the United States. Back in October, 2022, Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), said in a statement, “Some 2.7 million migrants - those who illegally entered or were otherwise inadmissible at a port of entry - were encountered at our borders in FY 2022, bringing the total under President Biden to a whopping 5.5. million."

He added, “This deliberate sabotage of our nation’s immigration laws demands that the president remove Mayorkas from his position immediately."

At the beginning of August, 2023, the American Immigration Council and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education released the number of unauthorized immigrants that are currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country.

According to their report, more than 408,000 students who are illegally in the United States are actively enrolled in colleges and universities, making up one-point-nine percent of all college students nationwide.

The report gave a brief breakdown of undocumented students in higher education by state. “Undocumented students in higher education are concentrated in a small number of states," the report said. "Three-quarters of undocumented students come from 12 states, and most of those hail from four states: California, Texas, Florida, and New York."

Based off a chart provided in the report, California has the most undocumented students, totaling a whopping 83,000. Texas comes in second place with 59,000 undocumented students, Florida with 40,000 and New York enrolling 30,000 undocumented students.

The report alleges that the “vast majority” of these undocumented immigrants, accounting for three out of four, arrived in the United States as children or teenagers, adding, “These students, commonly known as Dreamers, have grown up in American neighborhood and attended American schools."

According to the released report, the undocumented immigrant students are racially diverse, with the data showing that, 46 percent are Hispanic, 27 percent are Asian American Pacific Islander, nearly 14 percent are black, and 10 percent are white.

The majority of all these students, more than 77 percent, according to the data, currently attend public two – and four-year colleges and universities, including community colleges.

According to a report from Inside Higher Education, as of 2023, 23 states permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, with 17 of those states also offering financial aid. The report added, “Another 10 states allow in-state tuition for undocumented students, but with some limitations attached. For example, some states only allow in-state tuition of DACA recipients."

Higher Ed Drive reported that back in 2001, Texas became the first state to offer in-state tuition and some financial aid through non-residency requirements, such as “having a high school diploma” from a Texas school.

There have been documented legal challenges to Texas’ programs, but those have been largely unsuccessful. In July, an appeals court upheld a policy at the University of North Texas, which reportedly charges higher tuition of out-of-state students than that paid by undocumented students.

According to the report, “The case centered around a 2001 Texas law that allows unauthorized immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition rates if they’ve lived in the state for three years."

In 2021, nearly 22,000 undocumented immigrants attended Texas colleges and universities paying in-state rates.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation sued the University of North Texas for offering in-state rates to undocumented students, arguing that a 1990s-era federal law “prohibited the institution from charging out-of-state students more than unauthorized immigrants living in the state."

In 2022, U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan, agreed with the claim, ruling that the tuition policy “directly conflicts” with Congressional prohibition, and therefore was unconstitutional.

The judge ordered the University of North Texas to charge out-of-state residents the same as in-state students. But, as noted above, in July 2023, an appeals court reversed that ruling and is allowing the University of North Texas to continue to charge undocumented immigrants less tuition than out-of-state residents.

 
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