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Some Illegals Might Not Get Free College!

The Los Angeles Times breaks out the handkerchiefs:

Denver promise of free college is breaking some hearts

Illegal immigrants graduating from high school find that the 2004 pledge won’t cover out-of-state tuition, and they’re not entitled to Colorado resident prices.

By DeeDee Correll, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
June 8, 2008

DENVER — A lot of kids sat up and took notice the day the mayor showed up at Cole Middle School, offering to make a deal: If they’d study hard and stay in school, he’d find the money to pay for college. Four years later, the first of those students are ready to take him up on his offer — and Mayor John Hickenlooper is ready to deliver.

But the deal has soured for some students in the group: those who are illegal immigrants. Because they would be required by Colorado law to pay out-of-state tuition, it would cost much more to pay for their college educations.

Although the mayor says he will give the students the same amount of monetary support that legal residents will receive, it’s far less than what they will need to cover tuition. At least 10 of the 38 who graduated are affected, according to a private group helping the students.

Some now say the mayor has backed away from a commitment that boosted their hopes for the last four years. “We acknowledge the fact the mayor is giving us partial help, but that is not what he promised,” said Yadira Zubia, 19.

But Hickenlooper’s senior policy advisor, Katherine Archuleta, says the mayor has kept his promise. “The decision by the state Legislature [to charge out-of-state rates] was not in his control. He’s doing everything he can.”

The issue of whether illegal immigrants should receive the benefit of lower tuitions has been the subject of much debate in recent years. Advocates say that out-of-state rates put college out of reach for such immigrants and that children shouldn’t be punished for their parents’ decisions to enter the country illegally. Opponents argue that illegal immigrants should not receive the same benefits afforded legal residents.

In this case, the students shouldn’t receive any aid at all, said Stan Weekes, director of the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform. “Aiding and abetting illegal aliens is a felony, and it’s my contention that His Honor would be guilty of a felony,” he said.

A federal law passed in 1996 prohibits states from charging in-state tuition rates to illegal residents unless they offer the same rates to all citizens and legal residents of other states, said Grisella Martinez, an immigration policy analyst at the National Immigration Law Center.

Nevertheless, California and nine other states let illegal residents pay tuition at in-state rates — an approach that two years ago survived a lawsuit aimed at ending the practice in California

Back in 2004, when the mayor made his offer to the 366 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Cole Middle School, it was to give them a reason to stay in school and to help them see college as something within their reach…

However, the mayor’s staff said it cautioned the illegal immigrants a year ago that they would not be eligible for more financial support than legal in-state students.

Patricia Lawless, an organizer with Metro Organizations for People, which is assisting the illegal immigrants, said city officials didn’t tell the seniors specifically until several months ago that they would not receive enough to cover the gap.

It is unclear how many students will eventually be affected. In the first wave of high school graduates from Cole Middle School, at least 10 who want to go to college have realized that they can’t afford to after all…

Zubia’s father, Catalino, is angry that the mayor raised the students’ hopes in the first place. “This is not fair,” he said.

Help for the Cole students is being routed through the Denver Scholarship Foundation, which Hickenlooper helped found.

It is also offering assistance to qualified students throughout the city’s public high schools.

Last month, the Cole students and their supporters called on the mayor to meet his original promise, but they also appealed to the community to help them find a way to pay for college

Mind you:

Although the mayor says he will give the students the same amount of monetary support that legal residents will receive…

These illegal aliens will not get the in-state discount. Isn’t that unspeakably unfair?

After all, this prince mayor gave his word that he was going to give away the taxpayers’ money this way. And doesn’t that make it law?

What kind of society can we have if people break the law?

Still, you can bet a way will be found.

Meanwhile, this story perfectly exemplifies who perverted our media has become. And, of course what we used to laughably call our “laws.”

In a just world these law breakers and their parents should be facing deportation, not whining about not getting a college education for free.

But the last remnants of justice seems to have died away in our country a few years ago.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 9th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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