Monday, February 25, 2008

Illegal Immigration Rewards Bill Back In CT Legislature

In-State Tuition for Illegals - yes it's back in the CT state legislature.

The CT Democrats have brought back this bill which would attract more illegal aliens to CT, as if people like Mayor DeStefano of New Haven doesn't encourage it enough. Despite overwhelming public rejection of this kind of legislation, as well as the Governor's veto last session, they are trying to push this bill through yet again.

CT Democrats are ignoring the fact that many states have already passed legislation which discourages illegal immigrants coming to their states by toughening laws that punish employers, and which deny taxpayer funds to illegals. Since 2006, 30 or more states have passed laws or taken other steps to crack down on illegal immigrants, often making it harder for them to find jobs or receive public services. Jurist Legal News said this in 2007:
Our systems of welfare, education, law enforcement, health care, and employment benefits are being stretched not only to provide help for tax-paying citizens, but also to absorb the demands of people who have broken the law to enter the country, and then break the law again by accessing support programs to which they have no legal entitlement.

This federal failure to solve the illegal immigration problem thus has imposed a de facto “unfunded federal mandate” on states.

It’s time for states to address the illegal immigration problem on their own level. In fact, many already are doing that. Last year, 30 states passed some 57 laws to crack down on illegal immigrants, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That flurry of legislation reflects states’ mounting frustration with federal inaction.

Rep. Felipe Reinoso (D-Bridgeport- 130th Dist.) introduced this bill, HB5264, into the CT House of Representatives.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 10a-29 of the general statutes be amended to allow the children of immigrants residing in the state to attend the public institutions of higher education as in-state students for tuition purposes.

Statement of Purpose:

To provide in-state tuition to children of immigrants.

State Senator, and majority leader, Martin Looney (D-New Haven/Hamden, 11th Dist.) also tossed this version into the ring: SB264 takes a more limited approach, by giving in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens only at CT's community colleges.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That section 10a-29 of the general statutes be amended to allow the children of undocumented immigrants residing in the state to attend Connecticut community-technical colleges as in-state students for tuition purposes.

Statement of Purpose:
To increase access to postsecondary education for the children of undocumented immigrants residing in Connecticut.
Undocumented immigrants? Excuse me? THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY! why are we considering rewarding this breach of law? You know, next time you break the law folks, just try telling the officer that you are bright and well meaning and pay taxes and that breaking the law wasn't really your own doing. See how far that gets you. Why are we not talking about deportation? We are only perpetuating the problem , because once these kids graduate they can only be hired illegally as well!

Not only does this in-state tuition bill for illegal aliens reward illegal activity, but by offering this legislation in CT, legislators essentially would like to eliminate higher out of state tuition price for ANYONE because they are by federal law not allowed to allow illegals to take in-state tuition breaks while a citizen from another state is made to pay more. This may affect our college's incomes adversely, and they may lose millions of dollars in revenue as a result!! That means more money for the taxpayer to have to subsidize!

Federal law (Title 8, Chapter 14, Sec. 1623) states: "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 postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident."

Giving in-state college tuition to adult illegal aliens residing in each state would give them benefits not given to American citizens in other states ( e.g., war veterans). A 1996 Federal law mandates that if instate rates are given to illegals, those rates must also be given to all applicants of each state's colleges and universities from the other 49 states. Although the law is not actively enforced, giving in-state tuition to illegal aliens is a clear violation of federal law.

This proposed legislation should be rejected. Again.

CT legislators who are considering supporting in state tuition for illegal immigrants would be wise to reconsider on the basis of "in state re-election to office" in November!

Past post is here.

7 comments: said...

What am I missing here?
I don't get it that they don't get it.

The fact these nutz get re-elected year after year gives them license to constantly put forth this nonsense. With all the problems we have in this state, loss of jobs (the non government, casino kind) flight of the 19 to 35 year old demographic. It is shameful that time is being wasted on this.

We need some turnover in Hartford.

Judy Aron said...

Yes - it is indeed astonishing - especially in light of the polls - The Hartford Courant poll this morning showed 90% pf the respondents were against this type of legislation to allow illegals instate tuition breaks.

Anonymous said...

What I'd like to know is why they are going after legal citizens that want to or have to homeschool their kids, seeing some of the Ct schools aren't doing what their suppose to. They are attacking homeschoolers who are not costing the tax payers money in doing so, and then saying they want to let illegals have a chance. Key word here is legal, and illegals. The law is the law. They are making a big deal on this, when it shouldn't even be an issue, it was vetoed by the Gov. last time, and now they are ignoring the SB162 which would stop bullying and coercion of legal citizens that want to homeschool. What a complete disgusting state this is turning out to be. There is no respect for the Law and the Constitution. If there is a problem with a couple of people in the Comm. on Education bringing up a bill due to the fact that they object, even though you have alot of Rep. and Sen. and citizens etc. saying its much needed, something should be done to stop this type of abuse in authority. We taxpayers pay their wages, I think they forget this fact.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>>Undocumented immigrants? Excuse me? THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY

Yeah yeah - okay.

BUT what about the estimated (in the northeast) 40+% that came here legally and their paperwork is screwed up thanks to an overwhelmed INS/ICE??

Round `em all up?

Further - we (our government (of course)) do stupid stuff!
I knew a young fellow here on a student visa who had just received his masters in mech engineering (a degree we as a nation are running short of) who couldn't convert his visa to any sort of green card despite a job offer of over 80K a year. (UT liked him a lot!)
Instead he's in Europe working for a company that competes with ours.
That makes NO sense.

No question we need to do something about those that sneak in or intentionally over-stay their visitor visas; but we need to address those individuals that have, and continue to play by the rules as well as correct whatever is wrong with our student visa program that makes it virtually impossible to convert it even when we want to.

Judy Aron said...

ACR - There is no doubt there are people who are at the mercy of some incompetent public servants and policies that are completely asinine, but that doesn't mean that we ought to be giving a free ride to those who are here completely illegally.

There is no question that the government is not doing their job. They aren't enforcing the law and they aren't following up where they should. But there is a reason why this is happening. It has to do with the erosion of our sovereignty.

Be that as it may - yup, the ones who are here as real illegals should be rounded up and deported.
The ones who have legitimate paperwork problems should of course be dealt with in proper and expedient manner.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

A good long term solution might be some sort of exchange program.

I call on retailers in Danbury and can tell you the immigrants I meet are thrilled to be here and become full citizens as quickly as they possibly can. They also struggle to learn English fast; *and* they work hard.

Let's see now; hard workers, want to be Americans and speak English.


There's plenty of liberals that don't fit that description at all; in fact mostly they seem to complain about anything & everything .

Let's trade liberals for immigrants!
We'll ship a couple of whiny limousine liberals to let's say - PERU and we'll bring in a nice couple that really wants to be here; and so forth.

In no time we'll have a happier more productive nation!

Judy Aron said...

ACR - I do believe you may be on to something :)