Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Anna Kooiman warned viewers on Sunday immigrant children attending public schools, and receiving school lunches would take resources away from the children of citizens.
“The bottom line, the theme here is volume,” Carlson warned on Sunday’s edition of Fox & Friends. “There’s going to be a lot more people coming here illegally from foreign countries.”
“As of today, 12 percent all students in [New York] City schools are illegally, and yet, they are being educated at very high expense,” he continued. “Add to that the housing vouchers, the medical, dental — all paid for by taxpayers. It’s really expensive.”
Co-host Mike Jerrick pointed out that those costs would be offset because immigrants covered by the president’s executive order would pay taxes.
“That’s silly!” Carlson insisted. “People who make $40,000 a year don’t pay taxes. Right? You don’t pay income taxes because you’re below the threshold. In fact, you get money back from the government in earned income tax credit. Nobody every says that but it’s true.”
While it’s true that workers making $40,000 may pay little or no federal income taxes, those workers actually have a higher tax burden than more wealthy Americans because of payroll and other taxes.
Co-host Anna Kooiman was specifically outraged that immigrant school children might qualify for the school lunch program.
“Many of them are living in poverty,” she noted. “So, they’re going to be on free or reduced lunch. So, who’s going to be paying for that? You’re going to be paying for that.”
“They may have to bring in more tutors to try to bring them up to grade level on reading and writing and everything else,” Kooiman added.
“You notice that all of the people that are for this, the loud ones, not one of them sends their kids to public schools,” Carlson agreed. “So, if you send your kids to public school, this is not a small thing. It’s a big thing. You’re kids’ classes are getting much bigger, the teachers distracted. The schools doesn’t have the resources to deal with this. You’re kids are getting shafted.”
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast Nov. 23, 2014.