I am all for fixing a broken immigration system, but to use a broken immigration system as an excuse doesn’t serve anyone’s purposes. Taking money out of the pockets of legal citizens and legal immigrants doesn’t serve us well either in this case. We are not talking services that are a matter of life or death (denying life-saving health care to illegal immigrants for example).We say:
The statement Matias Ramos makes is right on–and I see as a counter to his own argument. Students are admitted to colleges and universities on their merits. The tuition they are charged is a completely different story. I’m not saying those who “lack legal authority” to be in California should be denied entry in state schools, but I do not believe they should be granted the benefit of state-subsidized in-state tuition. Many people, legal or otherwise, face tough choices when it comes to picking a college. Many have the talent, the accomplishments, and the involvement to be outstanding college students but end up forgoing college because of cost. Ramos is not being penalized by a broken immigration system. He was accepted at UCLA. I could have been accepted at UCLA as well but it doesn’t mean the university has a duty to provide me with subsidized tuition so I can go there.
Hello, this is Matias Ramos, quoted in the article, here to respond to Turn PW Blue:Wait for the response or add to the discussion on this Anti-BVBL post.
First off, in-state tuition is not a subsidy. California provides subsidies in the form of Cal Grants, institutional financial aid, and loans, but not in the pricing ranges of in-state and out-of-state costs. All of those tax-funded benefits are not available to undocumented students. Tuition is purely a revenue, and the only reason they exist is to max out revenue from wealthy out-of-staters seeking to go to college to another state. No revenue from undocumented students would exist if they were effectively “pushed out” by eliminating their access to in-state rates. In addition, 33% of a UC student’s tuition payment goes to create institutional aid (university-based grants) to which they do not have access, once again.
And in terms of being ‘penalized’, I referred to the fact that whether we go to college or not, undocumented students do not have a way within the immigration system to regularize their status based on their own merits and character. That is why we need the DREAM Act.
The worse part of it is scoundrels like you who claim to be “all for fixing a broken immigration system” but only look at their tax dollars and ignore the human plight of millions of members of your society.