Friday, October 31, 2003

Hatch's DREAM bill - or is it a NIGHTMARE?

Commentary from
"Our federal government is considering a bill allowing in-state tuition for illegal alien immigrants. The Dream Act, which allows illegal aliens in-state tuition, is a bad dream being propelled by Senator Orin Hatch of Utah. Ironically, he took an oath to serve American citizens: “To defend and protect from enemies both foreign and domestic." Unfortunately, his record shows a total disregard for immigration laws as well as security and defense of our border with Mexico. Thus, 800,000 illegal aliens cross annually with a total of over 10 million to date." . . .
"The Urban Institute estimates the cost of educating illegal alien children in primary American schools exceeds $5 billion a year. It costs $7.4 billion in ESL, English as a second language, classes. It costs California $2.1 billion for its estimated four million illegal alien residents and their kids. Little wonder the 'Golden State' is $38 billion in debt." . . .
"Can any state afford in-state tuition for every student? There is a specific law on the books, one that states the following: Per Federal Law (Title 8, Chapter 14, Sec. 1623) "An alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a state . . . for any post secondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit."

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