Sunday, April 09, 2006

No Higher Education for Undocumented Immigrants

An e-mail from NewsMax alerted Howling Latina to a story by the Washington Times a few days ago.

The issue that has conservatives so incensed is language in the Senate immigration bill that would allow undocumented immigrants in-state school tuition.
"This bill will replace American children with illegal aliens in the limited seats in college at taxpayer expense! That is why this legislation has failed in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, MA, and other states!" -- William Gheen, President of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
The legislation would offer in-state tuition in the states where immigrants have lived for a specified period of time only. But why worry about pesky details, when smearing and deceiving make such captivating, catchy news quotes.

Here's what Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has to say on the subject:
"This means that while American citizens from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts have to pay out-of-state tuition rates if they send their kids to the University of Virginia or the University of Alabama, people who have illegally immigrated into the country do not," Mr. Sessions said. "How much sense does that make, to have people here illegally and they have more benefits than those who are here legally?"
Can't really understand why Mr. Sessions is all up-in-arms about the bill; it's not like foreigners are crossing the Gulf of Mexico to enter Alabama; the state has one of the lowest rate of undocumented immigrants in the nation, as even the Xenophobic site notes.

One interesting find from trolling the Internet; all the talk from right-wingnuts like Michelle Malkin about Chicanos wanting to take back California, I found a Web site, which while less than charming (okay, it's extremely offensive), hardly represents the Chicano movement that has joined their Latino brethren across America to protest Republican legislation in Congress.

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