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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Pawlenty opposes resident college tuition for immigrants

Apparently, Governor Pawlenty is so opposed to providing resident tuition rates at state colleges and universities to illegal immigrants that he is personally getting involved with the Legislature to make sure that provision does not get passed into law. Nice.

I especially like his reasoning: "Pawlenty says it would be unfair for illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition when residents of other states pay higher rates." Huh? I thought the whole point of providing cheaper tuition to residents is because they pay taxes, they are part of the community, and if they stick around after school it will be a boon to the economy. Well, I'm pretty sure that illegal immigrants who have been living here for years have been paying taxes in the form of sales taxes, property taxes, gas taxes, and almost certainly income taxes if they have worked at all. So what's wrong with giving them resident tuition rates?

4 Comments:

At 12:31 AM, April 19, 2006, Blogger Douglas Hester said...

People who have broken the law do not deserve to benefit from in-state tuition, as they are not legal residents. As for paying income taxes, many illegals are paid "under the table" and pay no income tax.

One observation related to this story: I was in Palm Springs over the weekend, and saw a giant billboard advertising Burger King in Spanish. The English translation was in tiny letters at the bottom of the billboard, almost as an afterthought. I got to visit with my brother-in-law, who lives in Burbank. He is a passionate liberal, and even he is fed up with his Hispanic neighbors renting out their garages to 20+ illegals at a time. Noise and commotion at all hours, property values declining, city codes ignored, all have convinced him that our borders need to be controlled. Remember, he is a Prius-driving, vegetarian card carrying Democrat. Spend any time at all in the L.A. area, and I'm sure anyone would come to the same conclusion.

 
At 1:46 AM, April 19, 2006, Blogger Time said...

Gov. Pawlenty is grooming himself for national office and he thinks this decision will be acceptable to the majority.
Is he right? Check the polls, that's what he does.

 
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