Bill Would Allow Illegals in-State Tuition for College

Monday, 27 Jun 2011 07:43 AM

By Chris Freind

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"College is becoming a pipe dream for too many children, not because they aren't talented or willing to work hard, but because they can't afford it.”

That’s a true statement, as tuition costs have far outpaced inflation. So the elected official who stated this must have a clue, right? Not a chance.

In an act that simply defies comprehension, State Rep. Tony Payton of Philadelphia just unveiled a bill that “would allow undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition” at any Pennsylvania state school, community college, or state-related university (similar to the proposed federal law known as the DREAM Act).

Why the handout to those who least deserve it? Because “undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, (so) college is often extremely expensive and simply out of reach for many of these students," he explained.

Oh, the tragedy.

Of course, there’s a reason why federal financial aid — political code speak for American taxpayer dollars — is not available to these folks. They’re ILLEGAL. As in, they have broken the law to get here, and are breaking the law being here.

Every single thing they do hurts American citizens and throws our nation deeper into the red.

Yet not only are we supposed to feel guilty, but compensate them for their plight by sacrificing our children so theirs can have an education courtesy of taxpayers.

Let’s set the record straight. Illegal immigrants depress wages and take American jobs. They cost taxpayers hundreds of billions through healthcare costs, education expenditures (every illegal in our public schools costs tens of thousands per year, not including extra teachers and classrooms), prison expenses, and yes, government services.

In the case of higher education, it’s important to remember that space is not unlimited. So with illegals in attendance, one of two things is true. Colleges will either 1) close the door to new applicants after a class is filled, thereby denying the RIGHT of a legitimate resident to attend that school, or 2) hire additional professors and expand school facilities — both expensive propositions borne by the forgotten taxpayer.

The real question is how such a bill could even be considered in the first place, and how 11 other states already passed similar legislation.

But what’s worse? That a bill was introduced which empowers people to break the law, or the almost complete silence of legislators and the media on such a feat?

These bills advocate the commission of a crime, and there isn’t any way to spin it otherwise. Among other things, they aid and abet known lawbreakers (explicitly against federal law). Period.

The fact that the feds do this on a regular basis, along with states (such as issuing driver's licenses to known illegals) just rubs salt in the wound. Government should not be above the law.

But for this debate to advance, it is important to focus on the core issue. And that is not whether a wall should be built (or if it is a racist barrier), or whether amnesty is a godsend (or a sell-out deal to the pro-illegal forces).

While these are important side discussions, the only relevant point is that when individuals attempt to circumvent a law because they don’t like it, the entire American system of justice — the very rule of law that keeps us civilized — breaks down. Once elected officials start picking and choosing what laws they will follow (setting the example for their followers to do the same), we all take a hit.

And unquestionably, legislation aiding illegals overtly mocks the law. Consider: Under the Pennsylvania bill, eligible students would have to attend a secondary school for at least three years (an admission that we the people have already forked over thousands in education costs), pay state income taxes for at least three years prior to enrollment (how can you pay income taxes if you are here illegally, and how can the state abdicate its responsibility to apprehends these known lawbreakers?), and provide an affidavit to the college that the student will file to a become a permanent resident (giving a sworn legal document to a state entity that attests one is here illegally, without fear of repercussion, is just insane).

Here’s the bottom line. For those who believe illegals should have rights, change the law to accommodate them, don’t break it. Lobby for amnesty and fight to change the definition of “illegal immigrant,” but do not cavalierly choose what laws you will follow.

That’s what they do in places like Iraq, but most certainly, it’s not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, FreindlyFireZone.com. He can be reached at CF@FreindlyFireZone.com











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