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.