[Offering illegal aliens in-state tuition] is true. Perry signed the bill six years ago. Under the law, any student who has lived in Texas at least three years and graduated from a Texas high school qualifies for in-state tuition. The law also requires noncitizens to apply for citizenship. Im for leaving the law like it is because I think it serves a good purpose, Perry said. Texas was one of the first states to pass an in-state tuition bill for illegal immigrants. Ten states currently have such laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. About 12,138 children of immigrants got in-state tuition in 2009, about 1 percent of students in Texas trade schools, colleges, and universities. Of that number, 8,406 were in community and technical schools, only 3,725 at universities, and 7 at health-related institutes. Read a good summary of the current status of this issue here at a Dallas Morning News (http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20100314-Number-of-illegal-immigrants-getting-in-9925.ece) article. Critics have said it gives a financial advantage to illegal immigrants while U.S. citizens who are not Texas residents still must pay out-of-state tuition rates, which are higher. Personally, I dont like giving illegals a favorable tuition rate over other states legal residents. I understand his reasoning, but I dont have to like it. I do think that there was some pandering to the Mexican immigrants (legal and illegal) behind the overwhelming votes for this bill. As a measure of Texas version of the Dream Act, popularity, it should be noted that it passed the Texas Senate with NO no votes Perry was not out on a limb on this one, it was overwhelmingly supported. It should also be noted that the Texas Dream act should not be confused with the federal version. The Texas version relates to higher education only whereas the federal act would facilitate giving legal status to children who entered the U.S. illegally with their parents.Source: http://peskytruth.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/rick-perrys-negatives/ And I am okay with this. It sounds reasonable because it gets more people into Texas schools, and encourages those who would otherwise be on the edges of society to obtain legal status and contribute to the economy. And one other thing... 3,700 people at state universities isn't going to negatively affect my child's chances of getting an education either.
You expect people to take the postings on a Blog as factual?