Lynn, MA Mayor Judith Kennedy (R) said that she received “no notice” before over 200 illegal immigrant children were sent to her town in a phone conversation on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday. “I have had to increase my school department budget 9.3 percent and have had to cut all of my other city budgets between 2 percent and 5 percent to make up for the influx of the unaccompanied children.” Kennedy stated.
“We’ve had over a thousand not native-born children enter our school system in the last four years” she added. In addition to the large numbers of children, Kennedy reported that the district has had to provide special language services because many of the unaccompanied minors speak a Guatemalan village dialect and are illiterate in English and Spanish and have “little or no formal schooling.” Facing fiscal strain, the town has “reached out to members of the federal delegation,” but “[has] not gotten any response.”
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