Lawmaker: Illegal immigrants should g...

Lawmaker: Illegal immigrants should get in-state tuition

There are 7 comments on the www.kwgn.com story from Jan 31, 2009, titled Lawmaker: Illegal immigrants should get in-state tuition. In it, www.kwgn.com reports that:

A bill proposing to grant in-state tuition to all Colorado high school students, including illegal-immigrants, was introduced Friday by Sen. Chris Romer.

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“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#1 Jan 31, 2009
Lawmaker: Illegal immigrants should get in-state t

"DENVER -- A bill proposing to grant in-state tuition to all Colorado high school students, including illegal-immigrants, was introduced Friday by Sen. Chris Romer.

"For us to be an economic success, we need to make sure all these kids can get into college," said Romer, D-Denver. "And right now a small number of students can't go to college because their immigration status."

To be eligible for the reduced tuition, undocumented students would have to have graduated from a Colorado high school or received their GED within the past five years. They also must have been enrolled in a Colorado public or private high school for at least three years.

"I firmly believe we shouldn't punish children for the decisions of adults," Romer said. "These are exactly the kids we want to incentivize to work hard, stay in school, not drop out, and help us build a great economy for Colorado."

Romer's argument may be more likely to succeed in these trying economic times. In fact, he's already touting support from Republican businessmen around the state, including Dick Monfort, a Weld County cattleman, chairman of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees and the owner of the Colorado Rockies.

"Candidly, right now I'm really struggling getting any Republican support [at the Capitol]. But I have hundreds of Republican businessman who know that this is exactly what Colorado needs," Romer said.

Of course, it's Republican lawmakers who will help determine the fate of Romer's bill.

"This policy, for all its compassion, amounts to Colorado thumbing its nose at federal immigration law," said Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield. "States can't extend in-state tuition to illegal immigrants unless they make that same offer to everyone from every state in the country. In other words, it does away with the concept of in-state tuition."

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Federal law passed in 1996 prohibits illegal aliens from receiving in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher education. Specifically, Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (Title 8, Chapter 14, Sec. 1623(a)) states: "an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident."

That means if you give in-state tuition to illegal aliens,then you have to give it to anyone else,which includes legal immigrants and students from other states!

“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#2 Jan 31, 2009
If they're illegal aliens where could they work when they graduate?
Blue Eyes

United States

#3 Jan 31, 2009
Cricket 23 wrote:
If they're illegal aliens where could they work when they graduate?
Border Patrol?
Howicit

United States

#4 Jan 31, 2009
The cost to educate one illegal k-12 is around $80,000. Isn't that enough of our tax dollars? Consider the average illegal family is 4-5 anchors/illegals. That's $320,000/$400,000 for just ONE family just k through high school. Now they want the taxpayer to pay for college. That would double the amount or $640,000/$800,000. And that doesn't include medical, welfare and housing. And remember we're only talking here of just ONE family. Think of the numbers, it's crazy.

“The US: an endangered species.”

Since: May 07

Peavine

#5 Feb 1, 2009
Howicit wrote:
The cost to educate one illegal k-12 is around $80,000. Isn't that enough of our tax dollars? Consider the average illegal family is 4-5 anchors/illegals. That's $320,000/$400,000 for just ONE family just k through high school. Now they want the taxpayer to pay for college. That would double the amount or $640,000/$800,000. And that doesn't include medical, welfare and housing. And remember we're only talking here of just ONE family. Think of the numbers, it's crazy.
Sounds like California to me...
SS Numbers

Mesa, AZ

#6 Feb 1, 2009
Cricket 23 wrote:
If they're illegal aliens where could they work when they graduate?
NO they can't. No SS number unless they "borrow" someone else's. This entire situation is outrageous!
tph2025

Grand Prairie, TX

#7 Apr 28, 2009
Howicit wrote:
The cost to educate one illegal k-12 is around $80,000. Isn't that enough of our tax dollars? Consider the average illegal family is 4-5 anchors/illegals. That's $320,000/$400,000 for just ONE family just k through high school. Now they want the taxpayer to pay for college. That would double the amount or $640,000/$800,000. And that doesn't include medical, welfare and housing. And remember we're only talking here of just ONE family. Think of the numbers, it's crazy.
Well dont forget that a large number of taxes is paid by illegal immigrants.. and plus if your kid is going to school and starts skipping, not doing hw, failing.. i really dont want to pay for him/her either. But these kids actually want to learn, and study so why shouldnt we pay for someone who actually wants the degree and education rather than for a complete idiot citizen

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