Skip to comments.Perry on in-state tuition for illegals: How else were they supposed to pay for it?
Posted on 10/01/2011 10:43:51 PM PDT by American Dream 246
Matt Lewis says hes improving on this issue. I guess, but thats mainly because after youve tried to win over voters by calling them heartless, theres really nowhere to go but up. A scene from New Hampshire this morning:
We have, for decades, had a federal government that has absolutely failed in its constitutional duty to defend our border, Perry said.
Im a governor. I dont have the pleasure of standing on the stage and criticizing. I have to deal with these issues, he later added.
Perry continued, In 2001, we had this choice: Are we going to kick these children over to the curb and say you cannot have access to college? Because the fact of the matter is theres no way they could pay the out-of-state tuition. And are we going to have them on the government dole over here because theyre not educated? Or are we going to have them in our institutions of higher learning, paying in state tuition, pursuing citizenship?
David Connors, the man who asked Perry the in-state tuition question, said he was satisfied with the governors answer.
Really? There are no jobs for illegals anywhere in Texas to earn tuition money? I was under the impression that there are quite a lot of jobs available to them, especially since Perry opposes e-Verify. This is the same sleight of hand he tried to use in the debate answer that got him in trouble, equating illegals opportunity to go to school in Texas with some sort of moral imperative among taxpayers to subsidize their education. (His wife, campaigning for him in Iowa, framed the choice as between tuition subsidies or welfare.) Somehow, the impoverished U.S. citizen from Mississippi is expected to pay his own way in Austin but the illegal whos lived in Texas for three years gets a stipend from the locals. And not just in terms of lower tuition rates; apparently they qualify for financial aid too. It must be awfully confusing for Perry, as a Texas Gaullist and vocal champion of state sovereignty, to find that prioritizing state residency over national citizenship doesnt play well with grassroots conservatives outside of Texas itself, but hed better find clarity soon.
Heres Romneys new ad bludgeoning Perry with praise he once received from former Mexican President Vicente Fox. After you watch, read this amusing scolding (which notes some of Mitts own immigration heresies) from former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, who seems genuinely surprised that Romney would pander so shamelessly on a divisive issue simply to destroy an opponent. That was the old, soulless Romney. The new, soulful Romney should be above that sort of thing. Right?
El Rico es loco.
marking to find again to show illegals get ‘financial aid’ for college tuition in Texas.
What’s the point of college for illegals if we’re supposed to punish employers for hiring them? oh wait...Perry doesn’t believe in doing that, either
In a word - yes. It's not my fault, not my doing, and not my responsibility to pay for their education. Maybe if they sold their Escalade or their flat-screen they could pay for it themselves.
Hell yeah, that's exactly what needs to be done. In fact, when you find the little bastards trying to steal money from the American people, you arrest and deport them and their parents back to where they came from.
“Or are we going to have them in our institutions of higher learning, paying in state tuition, pursuing citizenship? “
Get your citizenship before you go to college. Because if you can’t pass a basic citizenship test you shouldn’t be thinking about college, even if you are a citizen.
How do I verify your statement is true. What part of the law says these illegals are not eligible for student loans or scholarships?
I don't think that he will. There are many things about Perry to like, but this ain't one of them. Illegal immigration/ instate tuition/ sanctuary cities is his Howard Dean moment.
If this is improvement, I shudder to think what getting even worse would look like.
Or their 3 cell phones - iPhone - Blueberry - flat screen TV etc...
Is this guy braindead?
Quoting Perry on giving in-state tuition to illegals: “How else were they supposed to pay for it?”
Perry never heard that students get jobs to pay for tuition?
So struggling US citizens are expected to pay their own way but stipends to illegals who broke the law is Texas public policy.
Texans may overlook Perry’s air-headedness-—but grassroots conservatives outside of Texas don’t find him very amusing.
Perry better shut up before the true dimensions of his intellectual vacuity goes viral.
“Perry on in-state tuition for illegals: How else were they supposed to pay for it?”
How about you write a personal check to pay for it if you’re so bloody enamored with the idea.
Actually, they are eligible for some student aid, including scholarships. Especially the ones that some people have set up with their own money.
But Perry does not oppose e-verify, either. He once answered that e-verify for State employees would not make a difference unless we secure the border.
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