Marylanders Try to Stop College Education for Illegals
Matt | On 07, Jul 2011
I found an interesting story from the Associated Press today about a movement in Maryland to throw salt on illegal immigrants’ plans for an in-state college education.
At least 63,000 signatures have been collected to STOP a measure in the state that would allow illegals to pay in-state tuition rates at four-year universities. The opposing forces surpassed the 55,736 signatures needed to take down the efforts.
As far as the in-state tuition proposal for illegal immigrants at four-year schools, they must have completed two years at a community college after also finishing three years of high school. So basically, it’s not for those immediately seeking a four-year college directly out of high school.
This reminds me somewhat of the federal fight over the Dream Act. That legislation would have provided citizenship to children who were brought to the U.S. illegally before age 16 by their immigrant parents. It died in the U.S. Senate in December 2010. The Dream Act was a popular effort that would have forced young adults to take several steps to contribute to society then be offered a path to citizenship.
People seem determined to block any efforts for illegal immigrants to get ahead in the U.S., but at the same time don’t provide an efficient path for citizenship. It doesn’t make sense to me. If someone wants to PAY for their own education to better themselves, are 63,000 people really opposed to that?
There are people probably living in Maryland right now that are legal citizens who refuse to do ANYTHING to better themselves and damn sure aren’t going to pay for it. What’s the excuse for them?