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    University Group: Only 5-10 Percent of DACA Illegals Enroll in College

    26 Oct 2017

    The education industry wants the federal government to amnesty and fund millions of potential customers who were formerly eligible for the DACA amnesty program — but it also admits that only 10 percent of the young illegal immigrants sign up for college.

    The American Council on Education sent a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress urging them to pass the Dream Act, which provides a path to citizenship for 3 million young illegals, including roughly 690,000 DACA beneficiaries.

    The lobbying comes after President Donald Trump rescinded President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which has provided work permits 690,000 current beneficiaries. The October 19 letter was signed by officials at 803 colleges and universities, and it says:

    We urge you to take the action that President Trump requested when he rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, and pass a long-term legislative fix as soon as possible to protect Dreamers, outstanding young people brought to our country as children.

    Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our colleagues and friends. Despite the challenges they face, they have made incredible contributions to our country and its economy and security. They should continue to be able to do so. If we are unable to protect these Dreamers, we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who seek to contribute their best to America.

    However, the letter also links to a website run by the industry trade group which reports that only 5 to 10 percent of the young illegals even enroll in college, even though the illegals face few restrictions in most states. The percentage estimate means that only 6,000 young illegals sign up for college each year.

    In contrast, 65 percent of young American high-school graduates enrolled in college in 2013. That number rose to 68 percent in 2016, according to the federal government.

    The site does not say how many of the young illegals eventually graduate from college.

    The site also says that almost 20 percent of the 80,000 young illegals in each year drop out of high school, ensuring a lifetime of dependence on taxpayer aid.

    ACE’s estimate of college attendance is lower compared to estimates provided by immigration activists, but ACE has access to good data from colleges and universities.

    The ACE admission clashes with claims by Democratic politicians and activists that the DACA youths — whom they dub “dreamers” — will grow U.S. productivity.

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    Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State, said the colleges are sending a message of “inclusivity,” according to the Centre Daily News, the newspaper of the State College, Pa. “We have ‘DACAmented’ individuals throughout Pennsylvania and at universities across the country including Penn State,” Wadhia said. “So I think it’s really important for the individual at the helm to send a message of inclusivity and support to those who are making such extraordinary contributions to our educational institution.”

    The ACE letter does not describe the large scale of the amnesty it seeks, does not address how putting illegal aliens in college excludes young Americans seeking a college education.

    According to federal data from the National Center for Education Statistics, millions of young American men are missing out on college:

    In fall 2017, some 20.4 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities, constituting an increase of about 5.1 million since fall 2000 (source).

    Females are expected to account for the majority of college and university students in fall 2017: about 11.5 million females will attend in fall 2017, compared with 8.9 million males. …

    For the 2015–16 academic year, the average annual price for undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board was $16,757 at public institutions, $43,065 at private nonprofit institutions, and $23,776 at private for-profit institutions. Charges for tuition and required fees averaged $6,613 at public institutions, $31,411 at private nonprofit institutions, and $14,195 at private for-profit institutions.

    A 2013 report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) described the impact of mass immigration on young Americans:

    Business lobbyists are constantly calling for an increase in immigration and guest worker programs because increasing the number of job seekers benefits employers by creating an endless pool of cheap labor … Led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, powerful lobbying groups have been able to stymie any real effort to secure the borders and enforce immigration laws on the interior. Accordingly, the balance of economic power has tilted overwhelmingly in favor of employers. Wages have not kept pace with worker productivity, and have not increased in line with soaring corporate profits.

    Americans with lower levels of education and job skills have been hardest hit. Many workers in the construction, landscaping, and service industries have been pushed out of the labor force. The H-1B and L visa programs have also suppressed wages in the tech industry and caused many Americans with degrees in those fields to seek employment in non-related occupations. Economic indicators show little promise for substantial recovery in the foreseeable future
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