Should illegal immigrants get discounted tuition?

iVillage Member
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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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 10:24am
Exactly.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 10:26am
That illegal immigrant lawncare guy probably has a family he is trying to support, with children who are required to go to school. So, the kids go to school, do well, and want to continue on in college, and then they can't because people who think it's okay to hire illegal immigrants think their children have broken laws (which they haven't), and refuse to come up with a way to give them permanent residence status so they can continue their lives in this country.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 11:50am

B/w the time a child enters primary school and s/he starts college is more than enough time for the family to get citizenship, If they don't want it then they shouldn't continue using our school systems which, at that point becomes college.. And my point about paying them for lawncare was that it helps them get started here, Yes, It would help feed their family, I'd be even willing to help pay costs to get their citizenship. I do not believe that they should get too comfortable staying here w/o citizenship though, That's what you're saying if you think we owe them college at a discounted rate too!

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 12:39pm
The point is that if you don't enter the country legally, you can't apply for citizenship.

People who gripe about illegal immigrants and then turn around and hire them are a huge part of the problem. Get rid of the jobs, any jobs, and that would solve a lot of the problem. I am all for huge fines and jail time for anyone, from the CEOs of any and all companies down to the individual who picks up a day laborer at the local Home Depot to do some work at their home.

If we, as a country, are not willing to do that and remove the opportunity to earn money in this country for illegal immigrants, then we have no right to whine about educating the undocumented children and at the same time preventing them from obtaining a permanent resident status and eventual citizenship and the ability to work, receive higher education, and be a benefit to our society.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 12:45pm
At what point, IYO should an illegal immigrant be REQUIRED to have citizenship to remain here?

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 12:52pm
I don't understand your question. Ideally, people who come here come here legally. Barring that, we have to do something with the illegal immigrants who are here. Currently, there is no path to citizenship or an opportunity to acquire a green card/resident status. It's impossible to deport them all. We can crack down on people who hire illegal immigrants which will cause a bunch of illegal immigrants to leave the country on their own.

The original topic had to do with undocumented children of illegal immigrants. I refuse to call those children "illegal immigrants" because they have committed no crime. They are simply undocumented. They should absolutely have an opportunity to apply for resident status. For many, this is the only country they have ever known.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 1:31pm

Or we could change laws and make them fit for people who come here "IL"legally but in good faith and intentions for legal status?

 


 


iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 1:36pm
I bring up "crimes" because the majority of people who think that undocumented children shouldn't be allowed to go to college, that they should go back to their country of birth state that those children are here illegally, that when they turn 18, they have now committed the "crime" of being an illegal immigrant.

Any undocumented child should be able to obtain permanent resident status upon turning 18, as long as they have done what we ask children in our society to do...go to school, do well, and don't commit crimes.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 1:47pm

We must do better on discouraging illegal immigration.

dragowoman

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-08-2009
Sat, 04-14-2012 - 4:39pm
The undocumented workers would not come here in the first place if there were not people willing to hire them, usually at substandard wages. So by hiring them, you are contributing to the problem of them being here in the first place. So it's OK to lure them here to do menial labor bug not OK to allow them the means to advance. So basically, you're advocating for a permanent underclass of menial laborers.

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