Nearly 2,000 migrant children brought to Carolinas

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory is calling on the federal government to be more transparent about the migrant children it is sending to the Carolinas.

WSOC-TV reported that tens of thousands of Latin American children have swarmed across the Mexican border into the U.S. and now Charlotte could begin housing them.

There are more than 1,400 children in North Carolina and more than 400 in South Carolina.

Schools pay on average $11,000 per student each year. The tens of thousands of immigrant children are guaranteed a public education under federal law.

That will cost schools more than $413 million nationwide this year. Some say that is not fair to taxpayers.

“You get some federal money for education, but because you pick up, whatever, x number of kids in your school district, the government is not going to give you a check to cover those extra students,” said James Carafano with Heritage Foundation.

Charlotte could soon become a shelter the dozens of immigrant children. Federal officials are considering the city for a “Day Shelter.”

County Commissioner Pat Cotham said Friday morning that the shelter would be a place where attorneys could meet with unaccompanied immigrant children waiting to be reunited with families already in the U.S.

Read full story: WSOC-TV

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