Illegal Immigrants Get Tuition Break in Mass.

Monday, 19 Nov 2012 09:06 AM

By Greg McDonald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Young illegal immigrants in Massachusetts will be allowed to pay lower in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities beginning today, following a declaration issued by Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.
 
In order to qualify, the immigrants will have to obtain work permits through a new federal program as part of the Obama administration's halt in June of deportations of immigrants age 30 or younger, according to the Boston Globe.
 
The announcement, contained in a letter sent out today to state colleges, is expected to slash the cost of higher learning for illegal immigrants who have had to pay out-of-state tuition rates by at least half no matter what public institution they attend. It also ended years of efforts to win lower rates for immigrants.
 
In 2004, for example, the Democratic-controlled legislature passed  a measure allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state rates. But the bill was vetoed by then Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, this year's GOP nominee for president.
 
After that, according to the Globe, as the economy deteriorated so did efforts aimed at making college more affordable for illegal immigrants.
 
Patrick's decision, however, did not play well with immigration reform advocates in the state.

Steve Kropper, co-chairman of Massachusetts Citizens for Immigration Reform, which favors tougher limits on immigration, told the Globe that state and national leaders need to focus more on helping U.S. citizens and legal residents who can't afford college.
 
“I think it’s a bad decision. It’s bad for the country,” he said. “The Democratic Party’s position is not thoughtful about our own poor.”               

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved