Skip to comments.Giving Illegals the Waive
Posted on 08/04/2009 10:34:23 AM PDT by bs9021
Giving Illegals the Waive by: Bethany Stotts, August 04, 2009
On July 23, the Texas Attorney General wrote the state House of Representatives to explain why Texas provides in-state tuition to illegal aliens. He argued that a) the federal government doesnt define postsecondary education benefit and b) the courts have yet to decide on this issue.
Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 holds that
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.
However, Texas state law allows illegal immigrants to apply for in-state tuition rates at Texas colleges provided that they
graduated from a public or private high school or received a high school diploma equivalent in Texas, and had continuous residency in Texas for three years preceding the date of graduation or receipt of the diploma equivalent, as applicable and for the year preceding the census date of the academic term in which the person is enrolled in an institution of higher education.
Also, the applicant must sign an affidavit stating that the person will apply to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as the person becomes eligible to apply.
While some argue that these provisions contradict federal law, Lone Star State Attorney General Greg Abbot argued this month that federal legislation is too vague to judge....
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There are a limited number of students admitted to UT Austin every year. What this means is that illegals are given admission that native born and legal students otherwise could have been given. This program actively disadvantages citizens and legal residents. When is our government going to start looking out for us, and putting our interests ahead of illegals?