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09/07/2019

Why should illegal immigrants get a free education? Or why shouldn’t they?

QUESTION
Why should illegal immigrants get a free education? Or why shouldn’t they?
I’m doing an argumentative essay and I need reasons.

(I’m very uninformed on the topic.)

ANSWER
Issue: allowing children who come to the US illegally to attend public schools:

Arguments for:
* It’s the “right thing to do” – humanitarian.
* Lack of education will end up costing society more in the long run – if a person is uneducated, they are less likely to be gainfully employed, more likely to turn to crime, less likely to be self-sufficient.

Arguments against:
* Costs taxpayer money (at least in the short run)
* Diverts limited education resources towards educating what can be a problematic student population – i.e. often behind grade-level, often have poor English language skills.
* Philosophical argument that we should not do anything to help people who are not legally present.

Most of the arguments made for and against are variations of the above.