Skip to comments.In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants Under Debate ( DREAM Act )
Posted on 07/16/2007 8:26:09 AM PDT by george76
Congress is grappling with a hot button issue - immigration legislation that would make a college education tens of thousands of dollars cheaper for illegal students than U.S. citizens.
The controversy stems from the senate bill S.B. 2611, the so-called "DREAM Act," which would allow states to offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. Currently, that practice is banned under the federal Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. It prohibits public colleges from favoring undocumented students by offering them in-state tuition rates, unless those same rates are extended to all U.S. citizens regardless of their state of residency.
At a congressional hearing on Sept. 1 at the University of Northern Colorado, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce heard heated testimony both for and against the DREAM Act. At the center of the debate, whether there's discrimination if states offer a cheaper public college education to illegal immigrants.
"Not only does this grant preferential treatment to those in the country illegally, it also disrespects those who enter or are attempting to enter through legal processes," said State Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) at the hearing.
Currently, nine states have similar laws that allow illegal immigrants to attend public college at in-state tuition costs. The qualification process is based on their high school attendance, not their citizenship. Some out-of-state American students are suing in federal and state court, claiming the privilege is just another handout that short-changes American citizens.
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The federal Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 prohibits public colleges from favoring undocumented students by offering them in-state tuition rates and not extending that offer to U.S. citizens.
It should be renamed the NIGHTMARE Act. Never Intend Giving Help To Make Americans Really Equal.
Affirmative Action for lawbreakers.
It will be another Nightmare Act.
Should we start calling burglars undocumented guests?
Now what were they telling us about the amnesty act “ Oh we’ll get tough with people here illegally, yea! right!!” (sarc) We need to find out who introduced this piece of legislation and go after him.
Drug dealers are “unlicensed pharmaceutical salespeople”.
If we get stopped for speeding : We should say that we are an undocumented cop driving an undocumented emergency vehicle going to an undocumented emergency...
That would be Durbin.
Title: A bill to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] (introduced 3/6/2007) Cosponsors (19)
Related Bills: H.R.1221, H.R.1275
Latest Major Action: 3/6/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.SUMMARY AS OF:
Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2007 or the DREAM Act of 2007 - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien’s eligibility for higher education benefits based on state residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such state residence.
Authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security to cancel the removal of, and adjust to conditional permanent resident status, an alien who: (1) entered the United States before his or her sixteenth birthday, and has been present in the United States for at least five years immediately preceding enactment of this Act; (2) is a person of good moral character; (3) is not inadmissible or deportable under specified grounds of the Immigration and Nationality Act; (4) at the time of application, has been admitted to an institution of higher education, or has earned a high school or equivalent diploma; and (5) from the age of 16 and older, has never been under a final order of exclusion, deportation, or removal.
Sets forth the conditions for conditional permanent resident status, including: (1) termination of status for violation of this Act; and (2) removal of conditional status to permanent status.
Authorizes an alien who has satisfied the appropriate requirements prior to enactment of this Act to petition the Secretary for conditional permanent resident status.
Provides for: (1) exclusive jurisdiction; (2) penalties for false application statements; (3) confidentiality; (4) fee prohibitions; (5) higher education assistance; and (6) a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report respecting the number of aliens adjusted under this Act.
California , New Mexico, Washington, Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and New York all support in-state tuition for illegal aliens.
Yeah, my commie Senator. He's why I treat Illinois Democrats with very little respect (well, he and Blago).
Durbin-I might have guessed. We live just over the river from Illinois. My wife tried to get into SIU-Edwardsville, but the out of state tuition made it impossible. Now Im reading that illegals get break on tuition that we arent eligible for. Man, that p*sses me off!
I always ask what the illegals are going to do with their new college degrees. It’s still illegal to hire them, and companies using college grads are more likely to follow the law than those hiring illegals to pick fruit.
I live near Chicago. In 2003, the Illinois legislature voted to allow illegal aliens to attend state universities and pay in-state tuition. Only one state senator voted against that bill. That was Chris Lauzen, a Republican from Aurora.
University of No. Colorado? Hmmm. Where do I remember that school?
Oh that is right. The home of the Fightin' Whities they tried to PC us on a few years ago. I love my Fightin Whities wifebeater though.
Citizens should stop paying taxes