Friday, January 21, 2011


Let me be upfront: I don't fully understand the DREAM Act. But the underlying premise I get from it is that a student who is considered "illegal," has lived in the U.S. since before they turned 16, and goes to college can earn citizenship. These students would be allowed to pay the in-state tuition rates.
Here are my random thoughts right now:
1. If an "illegal" immigrant student works hard and graduates from a US high school, and can gain acceptance into a US college, that student should be allowed to attend.
2. If an "illegal" immigrant student gains acceptance to his or her state university, that student should pay the in-state tuition rate.
3. If an "illegal" immigrant student spends at least his or her high school years in a US school, and graduates from that school, that student deserves the opportunity to receive all available grants, loans, and scholarships afforded to any other student.
4. If an "illegal" immigrant student spends at leas his or her high school years in a US school, and earn at least an associates degree, that student deserves US citizenship if he or she wants it.


At 2:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i understand your feelings. We must look at what impact that would have on legal students.

should the illegal students be given spots ahead of other students who are legal?
should the illegal students pay a lower tuition rate than others?

that will happen if legal resident students from another state apply and pay higher rates if they can get in at all when illegal residents get in first.

At 5:09 PM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

I disagree. The student had no choice in their parents decision to move them here. The student comes, beats the odds, and outperforms many of his or her peers. That student deserves the spot and the money.

At 8:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you. They should have a chance.

At 8:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

from Anon-
the question is not whether they should have a chance, but should they be put in line ahead of others who are legal and out of state. Can they take the place of those in state and legally here?

There is limited space at the trough.

Should they pay in state- or out of state tuition?
If only so many lmited grants are available are they put ahead of legal residents?

Those are the questions that need to be answered.

At 4:45 PM , Blogger Mr. McNamar said...

If the student outperforms the legal student, then put them ahead.
Can you imagine the feeling of having spent 12 years being educated by the state of Connecticut, outperforming other students, only to be denied grant money and or a spot at UConn because your parents were not documented?


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