Looking to attend a college in Colorado this fall? Are you an American citizen? Too bad for you if a just passed Colorado House Education Committee bill (pdf version of SB-15 here) passes the real test in front of the entire state House and Senate and makes it way to Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper. Also called the ASSET bill, or Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow, the bill, although it is expected to die before it reaches the Finance Committee, would lower the instate college tuition costs for illegal aliens who want to attend college in Colorado. From the article: “If the legislation were to pass, an undocumented immigrant [liberal code for illegal alien] attending University of Colorado at Boulder would pay approximately $10,000 annually, compared to $8,000 annually for an in-state tuition paying student or nearly $30,000 annually for an out-of-state student.” So, just by virtue of being and living in Colorado, albeit illegally, a student would save twenty thousand dollars compared to an actual American citizen from say Arizona, who is considering that college. Supporters of this type of legislation note that it’s not the fault of these kids for being here illegally, and therefore they should not be unduly burdened by having to pay higher college tuition costs. However, in doing so, what is Colorado saying to actual American citizens who might want to attend a college in the state of Colorado and can afford the cost, but will be rejected in lieu of an illegal alien, and those actual American citizens who might want to attend a college in Colorado but cannot afford the out-of-state tuition cost, but will be stigmatized and discriminated against for being American citizens? Is the state of Colorado really doing this out of the goodness of its heart, or are they doing it as a way to pander to Hispanics and Latinos, and other Americans who support illegal immigration (a publicity stunt). In other words – if Colorado was really doing this in the name of education itself, (and to make attending college in Colorado easier for everyone who wants a Rocky Mountain education) why wouldn’t Colorado simply pass legislation (cutting taxes, regulations, etc. on Colorado colleges), that would make it easier for colleges in Colorado to lower their tuition costs for all students in such a way that would provide real economic and financial benefit/relief for everyone? Why single out a specific group; why must that group be illegal aliens; and how does providing a lower tuition cost for illegal aliens “strengthen” a community? The opposition will say “Well, just naturalize the children of illegal aliens brought here and that would solve everything”. Would it? Or would that only encourage more illegal immigration to America? If Americans are not able to attend college because they cannot pay for it, how does it make sense to focus on illegal aliens instead of, more so, and before, Americans by making it easier for them to go to college ahead of Americans? Or, to put it another way – how is America benefited more by making it easier for illegal aliens to attend college than actual American citizens?
- Illegal Immigration vs States Rights (cincinnatipoliticalactivism.wordpress.com)
- Illegal Aliens Caught Voting and Stealing Elections In Florida In Vast Numbers (usamericanfreedom.com)
- Rethinking the Hispanic Vote (decoded.nationaljournal.com)
- Bread And Circuses: Democrats Prep Their Tongues For Hispanic/Latino Vote (societybytes.wordpress.com)
- Immigrant Tuition Bill Faces Colorado House Test (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Against All Odds, States Move on Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students (classroomconscious.wordpress.com)