Illegal Alien Presence In US Colleges Nears 2%

In a recent study conducted by the American Immigration Council and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education, an examination of U.S. colleges and universities reveals a significant presence of illegal immigrants, accounting for nearly 2% of the higher education population.

Of the approximately 408,000 undocumented college students, a vast majority arrived in the United States during their formative years, often as children or teenagers. Many accessed the country through former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected targeted youths from deportation.

These individuals, commonly referred to as “Dreamers,” have integrated into American neighborhoods and school systems, and now feel entitled to higher education in the United States. Taxpayers are already footing the bill for an estimated $182 billion annually spent on services and benefits to illegals and their dependents.

This figure represents a slight decrease from the 2019 count of 427,000 undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. The decline is attributed to pandemic-related enrollment challenges and economic pressures, alongside ongoing legal battles surrounding DACA.

The illegal students come from a diverse population, with a representation of various ethnic backgrounds. Nearly half (46%) of these students are Hispanic, while 27% are Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), 14% are Black, and 10% are White.

Geographically, 75% of undocumented students reside in only 12 states, with the majority originating from California, Texas, Florida, and New York.

The study reveals more than three-quarters (77%) of these students are enrolled in public two- and four-year colleges and universities, with a significant portion attending community colleges. Meanwhile, just 23% attend private institutions.

While former President Barack Obama commemorates the 10th anniversary of DACA, advocating for permanent lawful status for criminals that are living here illegally, some Republicans, like Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), argue against subsidizing in-state college tuition for undocumented students and DACA beneficiaries.

Politicians who endorse the enrollment of illegal immigrants in American colleges at the taxpayers’ expense risks placing undue strain on both society and the economy — potentially undermining resources meant for citizens and legal residents while also encouraging disregard for the rule of law.