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Wisconsin Passes Instate Tuition for Illegals

instate tuition for illegals

A little known fact is that Wisconsin has just become the 11th state in the nation to offer instate tuition to illegals.  This means that undocumented persons will enjoy the same benefits of reduced college tuition as those who legally live in Wisconsin.  In May of 09, Democrat Representatives in the State Legislature included a provision in the 2009 biennial budget that provides illegals instate tuition reimbursement, which Governor Doyle has signed into law.

There are a lot of citizens in Wisconsin who are not happy about this law.  One argument is that it's against the law for illegal aliens to hold a job in the U.S., and therefore offering illegal students discounted rates on college education prepares them for professional careers that are illegal.

However, the above argument neglects to mention that undocumented children did not make the choice to enter the United States illegally.  Their parents, for reasons that vary, chose to break U.S. law by breaching its borders.  Their children should not be held culpable for the choices of their parents.

The present situation is clear.  The United States has failed to control their borders.  This has presented lawmakers with a difficult choice.  Do they forgive the trespasses of illegals by offering them legal driving licenses or providing their children with instate tuition reimbursements, or do they pass laws that make it more difficult for Hispanics to become prosperous and make solid contributions to our economy?  And if it's the latter, then wouldn't that create an underclass of individuals that are more likely to exhaust the welfare services and hurt taxpayers as a whole?  What sense does that make?

Let's face it, the bulk of illegal Hispanic immigrants aren't leaving the country, either voluntarily or by government expulsion.  The real solution isn't deporting illegals, but rather securing our borders.  Currently, the number of illegals that enter the county annually are enough to fill up the city of Chicago.  Therefore, deporting illegals intermittently will not solve the problem, but would only serve to hurt the economy, tear apart good families, and ruin any political party that tries to execute such a policy.   

This leaves us with fewer choices.  Are we willing to play hard and fast with a community that's growing by record amounts and carries the key to future elections, or are we going to be practical and find ways to ensure that all contributors to the U.S. economy will receive equal opportunities to succeed in the American dream?

Comments (2)
  • roseindigo

    When I came to your site I was hoping to find an actual Hispanic conservative, and in many ways you seem to be so. But when it comes to illegal immigration you refuse to take a conservative stance. Granted, you mention control of our borders, but then you go on sanctioning various benefits after people have come here illegally. While it is true that the children of immigrants are not responsible for their parents being here illegally, giving them benefits at the expense of all of us who are here legally, simply encourages more of them to want to be here, illegally or otherwise.
    My parents came into this country legally, and they made that choice on behalf of their children. Those who come here illegally also make a choice on behalf of their children---and it may or may not work out. That is the risk. Instead, you are willing to take away the risk and give them as good as legal status. That makes my parents legality irrelevant, and I resent it enormously.

  • Jason Crye

    Rose,

    One of the stronger arguments against my opinion is the fact that providing benefits to illegals is a slap in the face to those who do what's right and come over legally. And although I agree with you, what is the practical solution to the problem of doing what's right while maintaining compassion and human dignity for those who are here due to the choices of their parents?

    I don't look at this particular issue as Conservative v. Liberal, but rather a practical solution that not only benefits individuals that pursues happiness, but an entire community that pursues prosperity.

    If you withhold educational opportunities from a sizable portion of the Hispanic community, it will incidentally create an underclass stuck in poverty and addicted to welfare. And for what? Because it is happens to be a slap in the face to those who do the right thing?

    By passing this law, Wisconsin isn't making your parents legally irrelevant. On the contrary, the failure of our federal government to control the border has made your parents legally irrelevant.

    Thanks for the response.

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