It’s not enough that American taxpayers spend billions annually to educate illegal immigrants in the nation’s public school system, this month the Obama administration is dedicating an additional $9.5 million to a special program that helps migrants and seasonal farm workers complete their studies.
The money will flow through the Office of Migrant Education which operates under the bloated U.S. Department of Education, Jimmy Carter’s brilliant creation. The funds will be divided between the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), which will receive $5,407,472 and the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) for migrants, which will get $4,082,415, according to an announcement in the federal register. CAMP helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family pay for college. HEP assists them in obtaining a general education diploma that meets guidelines for high school equivalency. The government will then help those folks gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education, compliments of Uncle Sam.
CAMP services include outreach to eligible persons, counseling, tutoring, skills workshops, financial aid stipends, health services and housing assistance. HEP targets migrants who are at least 16 and not enrolled in school and offers developmental instruction and counseling services to prepare them for high school graduation or the alternate General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Successful candidates then get counseling, job placement, healthcare, financial aid stipends, housing and cultural and academic programs, according to the Office of Migrant Education. HEP candidates already qualify for a free public school education in the U.S., but for whatever reason don’t attend classes and the government is taking the extra step to help them.