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: 04-09-2006
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:10am
But they' haven't been living out of state. Their parents have been paying taxes in the state they live in...even if the parents are getting paid under the table, they've been paying taxes of one kind an another.

I'm surprised that states don't cut military folks some slack on tuition...it seems like a no brainer to me. There are ways for students from out of state to get residence...my dh got it by marrying me (I got residency by living here for a year before applying to college), by having a son born in the state, by owning property and a car in state and being registered to vote...under the weight of his evidence they caved. And we did leave the state for a decade, and we are back, so it was a good move on their part to make it easier for dh to finish his education without a much larger financial burden. Anyhow, the difference between in state and out of state tuition gets smaller and smaller...the legislature has been making massive cuts in education spending for several years now and it's so high that I don't know how even in state students can get a college education without scholarships, loans, parental aid, etc. A shame...my dad, a hard boiled conservative if ever there was one, said that every kid that wanted one should have access to a free college education. I think his priorities were in the right place.
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:07am
This is a really good point.

 


 


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Registered: 08-16-2005
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:19am
While they pay some taxes on purchases, they do NOT pay more than a third of their income to state and federal taxes. What they are doing is living off of those of us that do pay. We are in serious debt in this country, so to provide free college where would the money come from? Each family could give up their child tax credits for life and that could be put into a fund for college. If you don't have kids then you wouldn't have to pay for the tax. That way each child would get 1k paid for by their parents from birth to 18. Now that would be fair because you wouldn't have to pay if you don't have kids and if you do that money can only go to your child. The problem is the government would take that money and spend it on others and not those that paid in...


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Registered: 01-08-2009
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 8:58am
Many state residents do not pay a third of their income in taxes. Many pay much more. So what?
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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:07am
The e-verify system?

 


 


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Registered: 04-11-2012
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 2:52pm
I pay taxes to Arizona when I work. I haven't worked in three years but other than that I have worked.
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Registered: 04-09-2006
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:32am
Well, if it's a matter of money, we ought to charge people for K-12 public education too. There's such a thing as being penny wise and pound foolish. I went to a public ivy when the tuition was two dollars per credit hour. The state paid the rest...obviously considered it a good investment to have an educated citizenry.
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Registered: 07-18-2006
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 9:29am

Bored - are you in Omaha? Me, too! Well, CB, anyhow - same difference! ;) I remember this very well and I agree we have one of the worst employer recruiting immigrant issues in the country. I don't blame the immigrants, I blame the owners of the meat packing industry that lure them here in the first place. And don't even get me started about our politicians and their defense of pink slime!

Angie

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 6:48pm
Angie, not in Omaha, little bit south in Missouri. That year the Nebraska bishop for our denomination had been the senior pastor at our church prior to his promotion, so we heard all about it.
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Registered: 07-18-2006
Fri, 04-13-2012 - 8:12pm

Yeah, it was a pretty big deal here. Omaha/Council Bluffs has more meatpacking plants here than I can begin to count. We're literally crawling with illegal immigrants here. Years ago, I had a carful of them pull out in front of the truck I was driving in, exhausted after working a long shift at the meatpacking plant. None of them spoke English, or had insurance, of course. They were literally all bleeding and refused to go to the hospital, it was awful.

Nothing is going to change until and unless they crack down on the owners of these places, which no one seems to want to do.

I saw on the news that there's supposed to be some pretty widespread severe weather tomorrow, stay safe! :)

Angie

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