In-state tuition status for illegal aliens
The Trenton Democrats want to grant in-state tuition status to illegal immigrants.
Why do we allow illegal aliens to live in New Jersey in the first place and why do we seek to reward illegal behavior with goods and services, at taxpayer expense, to those that have no rightful claim? Whether New Jersey was rolling in dough or facing bankruptcy, as it is now, why should illegal aliens be given anything besides a one-way ticket back to their home country?
Yesterday the NY Times had the article For Illegal Immigrants, a Harsh Lesson:
Currently, about 60,000 high school students who have spent nearly their entire lives in the United States are considered illegal immigrants, according to the Urban Institute, a research organization in Washington. And because 56 percent of them are from low-income families, the cost of college is out of reach.
One solution is embodied in the In-State Tuition Act, first introduced in the New Jersey Legislature in 2003, which would allow illegal immigrants like Mr. Navarro to attend public colleges at in-state tuition rates. Without legal status, these students, who currently number about 28,000, are charged out-of-state rates that are prohibitively expensive for most of their struggling families.
To qualify for in-state status, according to the legislation, students would have to prove that they had attended a New Jersey high school for at least four years and planned to apply for citizenship.
Well, play me the world’s smallest violin. Throughout their entire schooling, those children, whose families are breaking immigration law, have benefited from one of the most expensive public schools systems in the world (emphasis mine):
The issue is particularly pressing in New Jersey, which has the fifth-largest immigrant population in the nation. Some migration studies say that as many as 500,000 residents are illegal immigrants, although the real numbers are hard to determine because these immigrants live largely in the shadows for fear of deportation. They often shuttle among low-wage jobs as cooks, construction workers and janitors. Their children tend to attend low-performing schools and drop out early to help their families scratch out a living.
Even so, their children are integrated in the public schools, which by law are not allowed to question a family’s immigration status.
What the NYT article doesn’t consider is the following,
Student A, illegally in this country would get reduced rates for college tuition, and would qualify for financial aid on top of that discount.
Student B, here legally but a native of the same country as student A, was raised from the age of 3 in NJ but her family recently had to move to Pennsylvania due to the high NJ taxes, which subsidize students like A. Her parents work in NJ but the family lives outside NJ just across the Delaware and commute daily. Student B wouldn’t qualify for in-state tuition status.
And State Senator Ronald Rice is saying, “We are who we are and cannot say no to students just because of where they were born”. Why not, Senator?