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NJ Approves ‘In-State Tuition’ For Illegal Aliens

From the Associated Press:

N.J. approves tuition bill for those in US illegally

June 17, 2013

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow those in the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities.

Dozens of students and supporters clapped when the measure was passed Monday. If it becomes law, it would take effect in the fall semester.

To be eligible, a student must have attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years and have a diploma from a state high school or the equivalent. They also must submit an affidavit stating they’ve filed or will file an application to legalize their status as soon as they are eligible.

Supporters say the bill creates an opportunity for those here illegally. But others say it’s unfair that tuition could be more expensive for those here legally.

Tough toenails. Some people are more equal than others. Especially if they are illegal.

Meanwhile, from the Associated Press:

NH court: no scholarships for religious schools

NH court: scholarship money from business tax credit can’t be used at religious schools

By Holly Ramer | June 18, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Monday declared New Hampshire’s new scholarship program unconstitutional but allowed it to continue as long as none of the money goes to religious schools.

So this program is unconstitutional (that is, illegal), but it can continue as long as no money goes to religious schools? Isn’t that discrimination based upon religion?

Under the program created last summer, businesses get tax credits for donating to a private organization that awards scholarships to students attending either private or public schools.

Note that this is a private organization.

The program’s supporters argue it would provide educational choice to low-income parents, while opponents have cast it as a back-door voucher system that diverts taxpayer money to religious schools…

In his ruling, Strafford County Superior Court Judge John Lewis sided with the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which challenged the program on behalf of a group of taxpayers…

Naturally. The ACLU can always find a judge who will do their bidding.

Kate Baker, executive director of the Network for Educational Opportunity, said her group would appeal Monday’s ruling to the state Supreme Court.

"It’s disappointing, because clearly it limits the choices parents can make, and my entire purpose has been to create options for families," she said. "This says to them, they can’t make a choice. Parents know best, right? They should be able to choose the education they think is best for their children. This ruling is almost discrimination."

There is no "almost to it." This is discrimination based upon religion.

Baker said businesses have committed to $250,000 in donations, and more than 1,000 families have applied for scholarships. The plan is to award them by the end of July, but depending on what happens in court, recipients may not have all the options they envisioned…

What a topsy-turvey world it is.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “NJ Approves ‘In-State Tuition’ For Illegal Aliens”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    What about students from Indiana? They get higher rates at Princeton? Than illegal aliens from another country?

    (yes, now shaddup or the IRS will visit you)

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