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PolitiFact's analysis of Carlos Curbelo's claim about immigrant students

In February as federal lawmakers including Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, were drafting immigration reform, Miami-Dade school board member Carlos Curbelo sought a district report to shine a spotlight on the challenges immigration poses to the nation’s fourth-largest school district.

Curbelo, a Republican political consultant who may challenge U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami, highlighted a key figure from the report while on Fox News with Rubio on May 24. Rubio has been trying to win over conservatives to the Senate’s immigration bill , which would create a 13-year pathway to citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The bill allocates billions for border security and provides visas for high-tech, agricultural and low-skilled workers.

Curbelo cited his school district as an example of the high costs posed by the current immigration system:

"We spend at our school system over $20 million every year as a direct result of the broken immigration system. The federal government doesn't reimburse us despite the fact that it is their fault. Why?

"Because, like you said, a lot of people overstaying their visas and in some cases the government lets families with children in, in the middle of school year, which imposes a burden on schools. So it can't just be the border. We all support border security, but it has to be a lot more than that."

Curbelo’s comments didn’t distinguish between costs associated with legal or illegal immigration.

Still, his figure caught our eye: do Miami-Dade schools spend more than $20 million a year educating immigrants? And how would that change if Rubio’s bill passes? Read more from PolitiFact Florida.


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“Crist allies are starting to push back at the notion that Rubio is a conservative’s dream candidate. ‘His is a cunning and convenient conservatism that is inconsistent with his record,’ said Miami political consultant Carlos Curbelo, who has worked for Crist and took a job with Crist’s ally, Sen. George LeMieux.”

Joe's gotta go

Ancient history. I hear Curbelo has major supporters in Rubio world. I also hear Garcia is terrified of going up against Curbelo. Wouldn't be surprised if CC above is really JG or JG or GS.


LOL! Nice try Jeff Garcia!!! Is this what you are doing with all your new free time?

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