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: 10-23-2001
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 5:34pm
And... Should undocumented immigrants be allowed to stay?

 

 

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 5:44pm
Children who are undocumented should be given an opportunity to establish permanent residency and obtain a green card (to be able to work). Since they haven't done anything wrong, they should be allowed to have a legal status that enables them to actually work, go to school, or both.
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Registered: 07-16-2008
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:05pm
If they're illegal, thus having no green card, what kind of job can they get in spite of their education? What's the point of giving reduced tuition to someone who cannot legally work?
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:06pm
That's why there needs to be a path to obtaining legal status for those undocumented children.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:12pm

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.

chaika

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 7:56pm
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Where are employers being hit with massive fines and jail time? That's news to me.
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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2010
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:34pm

The system as it is has new ckes on if the worker is legal.

chaika

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 8:37pm
Interesting then that just yesterday while listening to the local radio station, where they were talking about the Culinary Union trying to get into Station Casinos, a Station Casinos rep was telling all about the great things they do for their employees, including offering help on obtaining legal status.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 9:18pm
The city of Omaha, NE had a tremendous issue with undocumented single men coming to work in their meat-packing plants a few years back. These men were living 8-10 to a one bedroom apt. Our church built some simple dormitory-type housing so these men had a decent place to live. When the Feds raided the meat-packing plants who were hiring these guys, they found videos which the recruiters were using in Central America to lure these guys up here. They had footage of the dorms, which they claimed were "company-provided housing."
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Registered: 04-11-2012
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 10:09pm

I don't think they should get reduced tuition. If they have attend school in Colorado since they were little, then their parents have had 13 years to obtain citizenship for them. We're in the military and have no say over where we live, but my daughter will have to pay out of state tuition for Arizona (even though she lived there for the first 6 years of her life and I am from there).

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