Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal estimated that the cost of educating the illegal immigrant children in the state of Arizona would be around $25 million per year on Monday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. “We’ve had over 200 of these students that we can directly account for … but more likely the number is 5,000 which would be $25 million, not a million dollars” he reported.
Huppenthal added that due to the number of students processed in Nogales and the numbers of other states, he believes the number of unaccompanied minors is around 5,000, saying “we know directly that we, that they, processed 5,000 students through our Nogales processing center, and then when we look at the numbers for all the states, our best estimate is that it was roughly 5,000 unaccompanied minors who came across, largely teenagers that are going to enter our schools and impose costs on our classrooms.”
Both Huppenthal and guest anchor Stuart Varney reported that the state of Arizona will pay around $5,000 per unaccompanied minor annually, and Huppenthal added that an additional $4,000 will be spent per child per year by the local and federal governments.
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