Skip to comments.Tancredo: Block In-State Tuition For Illegal Aliens
Posted on 01/20/2005 7:24:59 AM PST by Happy2BMe
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO), chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, issued a public call to Colorado's Republican Governor Bill Owens to block legislation designed to provide higher education benefits to illegal aliens.
"I hope you will make it clear to incoming legislative leaders that you plan to veto any legislation that will force Colorado taxpayers to subsidize the tuition of illegal aliens," Tancredo wrote in a letter to Owens. "This is a luxury we do not, and can not afford American families out of Colorado."
"Given the financial strain that illegal aliens place on the K-12 education system in Colorado, one can only imagine the kind of fiscal consequences that would result if state taxpayers were forced to provide tuition benefits for both illegal aliens and prospective American students from the other 49 states --on top of providing the benefit for Colorado residents," Tancredo added.
Past legislation to force Colorado taxpayers to pay tuition for non-citizens was rebuffed by Republican legislatures.
Control of both the State House and Senate reverted to Democrats in the fall elections in Colorado and concerns are mounting regarding the loss of hard won controls on illegal aliens.
A bill (HB 1124) has been introduced in the Colorado House which would repeal "statutory rules for qualifying for in-state student status and requires the Colorado commission on higher education to adopt policies to establish guidelines for state institutions of higher education to follow in determining domicile and tuition classification."
Among other qualifications, an "in-state student" is defined as a student, "who regardless of immigration status" meets criteria set forth in the bill.
That criteria includes graduation from an in-state high school that the student has attended for at least three years, a GED, a filed application to become a permanent resident or an intent to file such application.
"Our priority ought to be educating Colorado's kids, not asking state taxpayers to foot the higher education bills of illegal aliens and people from out-of-state, Tancredo said.
Federal law (8 USC 1623) requires that states may not extend such benefits to illegal aliens unless they extend the same benefit to any U.S. citizen regardless of their state of residence -- a requirement that could bankrupt state budgets.
(Why isn't Tancredo getting the message? Doesn't he know it's already a 'done deal?')
"I (Tancredo) hope you will make it clear to incoming legislative leaders that you plan to veto any legislation that will force Colorado taxpayers to subsidize the tuition of illegal aliens," Tancredo wrote in a letter to Owens. "This is a luxury we do not, and can not afford American families out of Colorado."
I am glad someone is staying on top of all this ILLEGAL (keyword) as in lawbreakers, as in uphold the law, Shamnesty that is going on right under our noses and no one else seems to care or do anything about it.
Thank God for Tancredo!
Illegal? What part of ILLEGAL migrant invasion don't you understand?
And not a peep out of the White house about it.
Tom Tancredo is one tough guy. He doesn't back down! His stock is rising and Bush's shamnesty possibilities are decreasing. Though it will be a tough fight.
Unless there's some terrorism on US soil....that will really kill this odious amnesty.
Q: Karl Rove, the White House strategist, got so mad over your immigration stance that you were told not to darken the White House door. What's your relationship like with the president these days?
A: My wife and I went to the holiday ball at the White House. No one dances at this ball, because there's no room, and you get stuck waiting in this line... Luckily, we were by the cocktails and the canapes. Finally we got into the room with the Christmas tree, and the president comes up to me and says, "Tommy, I tell you, buddy, thanks for all the help out there." And I'm thinking, "Help out there?" And I say, "Thanks -- anytime." And I realize later that he's talking about the fact that I was the Bush co-chair in Colorado, an honor I did not seek. That was the sum total of my communion with him.
Go Try This, Go Ahead - I Dare You! If you have a Death Wish!
Enter Mexico illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.
Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.
Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc. Procreate abundantly.
Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behavior with,"It is a cultural United States thing. You would not understand, pal."
Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop, or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.
Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do likewise.
Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system.
Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal, presence in Mexico.
Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.
Good luck! You'll be demanding for the rest of time or soon dead. Because it will never happen.
It will not happen in Mexico or any other country in the world... Except right here. Land of the naive.
God Bless America--She needs it.
Oh - .. that's GOOD!
For those of you who wish to let Gov. Owens know how you really feel about education benifits for illegal aliens here is his address. (hb 1124) email@example.com
It is not a done deal. Gov Owens has said he will veto measure. Some Dems voted against it in committee last year. Plus, there are state colleges that charge single tuition whether in or out of state so it isn't about denying people an education--not to mention that they could always apply for citizenship and get in state tuition when they receive it.
The interesting wrinkle is that Colorado's homeschooling law is such that you could get credit for going to school in the state via one of the umbrella schools even if you lived on the moon.
= ll = = = lll (roughly translated - you took our jobs)
I just sent him your post #8 without any reference to you or FR.
It was titled " Wannabe like California....Press 1 for English"
Most of us are praying that America can get through another 3 years of this presidency, and that a qualified REAL conservative candidate will magically appear on the '08 ballot.
The choices the "two" parties have given us for many years have been PUTRID.
This sounds a lot like Ron Paul’s concept that if you cut off the entitlements to illegals they’ll quit coming here because there will be no benefit for them.
California also passed a similar law re “no education benefits for illegals” some years ago. Unfortunately, the courts overturned it.