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On March 16, the reported rape of a 14-year-old Maryland girl by two older, undocumented students during school hours stunned Americans across the country.

While the appalling accusations have turned the nation's eyes toward the city of Rockville, it seems that Maryland is not the only state reeling from the effects of illegal immigration.

On Saturday, Lynn (MA) Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy told Fox News' Judge Jeanine Pirro that her city has also experienced a significant influx of undocumented immigrants, one that is causing a “tremendous strain” on her budget, school system, and community.

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Explaining that her community is seeing hundreds of new students who don't “primarily speak English” — and often arrive without criminal histories, birth certificates or “records of any sort” — Kennedy said:

“Many of these children who are coming in stopped their formal education at third grade. But they are growing well into adulthood, and we can’t put them into a third-grade classroom.”

Noting that she simply “can't” bring herself to put such students — some of whom, she says, even have graying hair at their temples — into third-grade classrooms, Kennedy has tried to come up with alternate solutions.

When the mayor tried to create night classes for these groups, however, she says that she was blocked from doing so:

“We were told by a children’s advocacy group that we were not giving equal education to these students, so we had to shut down the night school and put everyone into the regular daytime classes.”

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time Mayor Kennedy has spoken publicly about the difficulties her community has faced:

In July 2014, Kennedy also spoke with Fox News about the strain that the influx of undocumented immigrants had placed on her city.

Referring to the fact that, even then, her community had added “248 children from Guatemala alone in [her] school system on very short notice,” Kennedy said:

"This year, I have had to increase my school department budget 9.3 percent, and have had to cut all of my other city budgets between 2 percent and 5 percent to make up for the influx of the unaccompanied children and the surge.

We have had over 1,000 not-native-born children enter our school system in the last four years."

For the city of Lynn, it appears that, ethical and safety questions aside, the system simply doesn't have the resources to support such a large influx.

What's more, despite the fact that Kennedy and her fellow officials have been struggling with — and publicly voicing concerns about — this issue for years, it seems clear that both the mayor and her community have yet to figure out a solution.

As to how her challenges will evolve under the new White House administration, however, that remains to be seen.

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@Bellona(36 likes)WTH is wrong with you people? Have you all lost your flipping minds? You're allowing grown adults, you have no idea WHO they are, if they have criminal records to go to school with your children? Go to the BATHROOM with your kids? WTF is wrong with y'all? I tell you what, I'm 49 yrs old, my kids are long since grown and gone. But I can ASSURE YOU that THIS kind of nonsense WOULD NOT be tolerated. NOT WITH MY CHILD. You parents, get OFF YOUR ARSE. Go make a BIG F STINK, ALL OF YOU. There's power in numbers and as long as Americans TOLERATE their country being taken over, it will continue to happen. Regardless of what the msm tries to tell you - you ARE NOT the minority. The minority are the FREAKS that think this is ok! And EVEN if you WERE the minority it's about damned time to put an end to this PC liberal take over. ALL pc is designed to do is to shut you down! YOU are NOT a racist for not tolerating ADULTS OR UNKNOWN students, with unknown health records, questionable backgrounds and ages to sit beside YOUR CHILDREN! The FREAKS, are the parents who think that this is acceptable. What they ARE is UNFIT to have their children!! And ANY school official who tells you that you must accept this doesn't deserve and should NOT have a job working with children. Not only NO - BUT HELL NO! 
Chuck(27 likes)Damn... We need to hear more from the small town mayors and administrators, forget the large city's where they can hide the truth for Years about how much of a drain these ILLEGAL ALIENS are! The left will have us believe that taking in 11 Million illegals is what America is all about... Bull_hit!!! America is about taking care of our elderly, which we ain't doing a great job of. America is about supporting our troop while in service to Protect this country, and you don't do that by nickel diming these brave young men and women to death! America is about taking care of our troops After their service also... You don't do that by forcing a young service member to fight (In Court) to pay In State tuition for college because she was out of her state serving in the military for four years... But you think it's Ok to give illegals In State Tuition, and they are not even supposed to be here! Or how about the service men and women who are homeless because they can't get a break since leaving the service? Or how about the single mother working her butt off trying to make a better life for her and her kids? Now stop and ask yourself just how much are these Illegals costing us? Try in the BILLIONS! Don't believe that BS about them paying taxes... Some do, Most Don't! So there is a few billion right there. Then ask yourself how many jobs are being taken by an Illegal that should have gone to a citizen??? Ok now figure not only the loss to Our economy when they send their money to Mexico, South America, the Philippines or where ever AND the aid that an American now has to sign up for because he can't get a job... A Few More Billion! Does anybody think those BILLIONS could be spent to bring back AMERICA? I'm talking about the America that looks out for AMERICANS first, and Then worries about the rest of the world! Now before all you bleeding hearts get on here and tell me what a piece of crap I am... Tell me how many of you are willing to give up Half your income, Move to a smaller house and donate half of your bank account and retirement to support all these people???
Linda Basinger(21 likes)There is no sanctuary in sanctuary cities for the REAL citizens of the community.  THEY are preyed upon and often blamed for the crime itself when an illegal commits it upon them.  Crime rates are much higher and people are far less safe all over the country when idiot mayors and governors (democrats all) want the cheap labor and votes from people who do not belong here legally.