Rell Vetoes In-State Tuition Rates For Illegal Immigrant Kids

M. Jodi Rell vetoed a bill today that would have extended favorable in-state college tuition rates at Connecticut colleges and universities to children of illegal immigrants. Full Story
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#66 Jun 27, 2007
history repeats wrote:
The city of Boston was an established home of anti-Irish feeling. This can be largely accredited to the large numbers of Irish immigrants that made their home in that city. By 1855, it was estimated that nearly a third of Boston’s population were foreign-born Irish – 50, 000 out of 160, 000. Boston was so Irish it was dubbed by one visitor as “the Dublin of America”. This caused a great deal of fear because people were afraid they would be overrun by Irish immigrants and they allowed political powers to be bred from it.
The Know Nothing party rose to prominence at the zenith of Boston’s anti-Irish feeling in the 1840s and 50s. The party was opposed to foreign immigration, especially Irish Catholics and believed that “Americans must rule America.” In 1854, four years after it was founded, the Know Nothings boasted over one million members and had elected eight governors, more than 100 congressmen, the mayors of Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia as well as thousands of lesser officials throughout the country. Two thirds of the voters in Massachusetts voted for Know Nothing candidates. Once in power, the party passed a series of laws aimed specifically at the Irish Catholic population of Massachusetts, including compulsory readings from the King James Bible (the Protestant bible) in public schools, disbanding Irish militia units and seizing their weapons in direct violation of their Constitutional rights, and deporting poor Irish back to Britain. 295 Irish were sent back to Liverpool for being a drain on the public treasury. The Know Nothings also sought to deprive Irish Catholics of their right to vote and hold office. The Know Nothing party’s popularity was lost as easily as it was gained when in 1854 the party’s candidate was defeated in the presidential election, signaling the end of its four year reign over American politics.
[none of the irish had documents when they arrived]
What the hell does this have to do with 2007?

Some of you people quoting "history" are pathetic!
There are no economic circumstances that are even remotely the same. Healthcare, taxes, crime, terrorists, housing, politics, NOTHING is the same. Thanks for the history lesson anyways. Perhaps some time soon you will get a reality lesson!
kevin

Manchester, CT

#67 Jun 27, 2007
This is probably a good veto.
We need to help this group of people get an education, but I think this is the wrong way to go about it.
Basically, we have a need to know who is in the country, and to have those people pay taxes, pay into social security, etc.
It's fair and prudent.
We don't need to offer illegal immigrants free in-state tuition, we need to fix the overall issue, as Maria said.
We don't need to deport most of the illegals currently in the country. They haven't been a problem for the past few decades, so why is it sudden;y a problem now?
We do need to get people documented by making that process easier and then allow them, once documented, to get employment and various benefits, which they will then be paying for with taxes.
To do this, we need realistic (read harsh) penalties for companies that hire undocumented workers. If a company is going to be fined out of existence if it relies on undocumented workers, they won't hire them.
If they won't hire them, there won't be a market for them, and if they can't find jobs, they won't come here without the proper documentation.
We don't even need a fence on the border if we do it right. And we certainly don't need to support undocumented workers children, since, if they are employed legally, they'll be documented or they won't be able to live here at all since they won't find work.
At any rate, I think this law was a good idea in theory, but it missed the point of why we require workers to be documented in the first place. While this law would have helped educate group that can certainly use the help, it also encouraged less documentation of workers.
clandestine

Hartford, CT

#68 Jun 28, 2007
I'm not opposed to immigration, but illegal is another story. what kills me is that they haven't even shipped them out NOW, I mean they are doing the jobs that we don't want. So why let them get an education so they can get the jobs that WE DO WANT. Hell no, I agree with that spineless twat
clandestine

Hartford, CT

#69 Jun 28, 2007
If you're a child of an illegal, blame your damn parents for coming over and now you're being banged
WhoKnows

Gaithersburg, MD

#70 Dec 22, 2012
Holiday wrote:
There is nothing illegal about being a child who was forced to come here and now thanks to Jodi Rell will not get an education.
They still can get an education they just need to find a way to pay for the out-of-state rate.
I love to see any and all kids get a chance to go to college but, if their parents brought them here illegally then it's not anyones problem but their own thats why it isn't a good idea to just pack-up and move to another country without following the laws of immigration of that country...simple really.

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