Should illegal immigrants get discounted tuition?

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Should illegal immigrants get discounted tuition?
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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 3:57pm

Colorado says yes...

http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=261879

DENVER (AP) - Senate Democrats approved legislation that would allow illegal immigrants in Colorado attend college at a discounted tuition rate.

The bill passed on a party-line vote Monday with Republican opposition. The bill heads to the Republican-controlled House.

The proposal would let illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools attend college at a rate lower than the out-of-state price, but slightly higher than the in-state rate.

The students must sign an affidavit saying they are seeking legal status.

It would be up to colleges whether to participate in the tuition program.

Supporters say illegal immigrants who grew up attending state schools deserve a chance to attend college at an affordable rate. But opponents say the bill rewards illegal behavior.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:19am
My hometown borders Kentucky and there are tri-state colleges on both sides of the Ohio river that students cross over, I believe there is a "tri-state" tuition for those residents that is separate than an out of state tuition.

 

 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:25am
Fifteen years is enough time to become a US resident, Shame on those parents.... And who pays that illegal immigrant's tuition? Have mom and dad saved all those years to send them there or do we just get taxed for that too?

 

 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:28am
Based on this logic, the rules for in state and out of state resident tuition should be lifted entirely.

 

 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:05am
I don't understand how it follows that in-state/out-of- state rules should be lifted. The state taxes pay for some portion of the running of sedate universities. The universities exist primarily to serve state residents. Some of these families have been paying state taxes for fifteen or sixteen years by the time their kids are ready for school.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:07am
Fifteen years is often not enough to get legal residence, because if you even apply, you run the risk of being deported.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:38am
Nope. There should be a path to citizenship for those children since they committed no crime.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:40am
Because education is so important that the legal status doesn't matter. All children should receive an education. The Supreme Court even said so. They are graduating without official residency because there are too many people who think it's a-okay to punish children for the MISDEMEANOR crimes of their parents. Therefore, those children are left in limbo.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:41am
LOL. CPS doesn't have enough foster parents for children who are truly neglected and abused. They certainly aren't going to take kids away from parents who are providing for them, loving them, and have committed a misdemeanor crime. Good one, though.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:43am
I must have missed the logic in that post. Would you please point it out?
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:43am
According to some, illegal immigrants pay zero taxes. I don't know what sort of fantasyland they are living in...

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