Should illegal immigrants get discounted tuition?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
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: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 2:47pm
No one has said anything about the parents being allowed to stay. I don't believe that the children are allowed to simply apply for citizenship since the way they arrived in the U.S. isn't one of the legal options. The children are screwed. Instead of getting ticked off at them and trying to punish them for the sins of their parents, blame the yellow-bellied Congresscritters who are too afraid to touch this issue.
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Registered: 08-16-2005
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 3:52pm
I blame congress for not sending their families home to begin with. That is the law, and if they did their jobs these kids should never enter school to begin with. If they don't start the legal process before entering college, what is the point? They are choosing as adults to be illegal.


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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 4:10pm

It's not just a matter of those undocumented children applying for citizenship. There is no path to citizenship for them without returning to their country of birth and applying and waiting. That's not acceptable. The DREAM Act is the way to go, making the undocumented children work toward the goal of citizenship by becoming productive members of our society.

As for the "they are choosing as adults to be illegal," I'm calling BS on that one. I know if I were in that situation with this being the only country I knew, I certainly wouldn't be self-deporting myself and I'm willing to bet you wouldn't, either. No one would.

As for deporting families in the first place, that's not the problem. Get rid of the jobs that bring people here in the first place. Make it impossible for illegal immigrants to find work here. To do that, huge fines and jail time must be applied to any employer (from big businesses all the way down to the person who picks up a day laborer at the Home Deport) who hires an illegal immigrant.

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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 4:34pm

 


 


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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 4:40pm
Read the title of that..."I am a Permanent Resident." That's a legal status, something that undocumented immigrants don't have.
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Registered: 08-16-2005
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 4:48pm
You may call BS all you wish, but they are committing the crime if they choose to not follow the laws at 18 or 16 depending on the age of adulthood in that state.


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Registered: 04-09-2006
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 4:57pm
Exactly. But isn't cheap labor what the US is about...offshoring jobs to countries that did not contribute the expertise to make those jobs possible, enticing illegal aliens because they'll work for less than Americans. Low wages are the most effective way to increase the divide between rich and poor and is thus a very American thing to do...at least whenever I point out how much the gap between rich and poor has grown since I graduated from college three decades ago, I'm told that I'm trying to incite class warfare. Illegal aliens help increase the wealth gap, so the illegal aliens aren't going away unless the economy in their country gets better than ours. But we can insure that their children stay as impoverished as their parents are, or even make their lot worse by deporting them to a place that isn't their home.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 5:05pm
So, in a similar situation, you'd self-deport?
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 5:06pm
...and no, if they did not commit the crime in the first place, they don't all of a sudden become lawbreakers when they reach adulthood. It doesn't work that way. Oh, and for the umpteenth time...it's a misdemeanor.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 5:28pm
And if they are 18 and in the USA illegally because their parents brought them here when they were three, and they apply for permanent residence, they risk getting their whole family deported, including younger siblings who might actually be citizens.

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