Friday, January 26, 2007

CNN Lou Dobbs - video:Only Illegal Aliens Qualify for In-State Tuition, A Benefit Denied to Out-of-State U.S. CitizensTen states currently subsidize illegal aliens with in-state tuition to their public colleges and universities, but that may be about to change in at least one state. Efforts are under way in Utah to repeal that in-state tuition benefit because it appears to be an outright violation of federal law. The idea of taxpayer dollars subsidizing college for illegal aliens is not popular in Utah. A poll done for "The Salt Lake Tribune" found only 35 percent of those asked support for providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens wanting to attend college. It's a benefit that's currently offered in California, Texas, New York, Utah, Illinois, Washington, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Nebraska. But that benefit is conditiontrary to federal law. Title 8 of Section 1623 of the Immigration Reform Act of 1996 states plainly that the benefit is outlawed unless the state providing the benefit makes it available to all citizens and legal residents, regardless of which state they live in. In Utah, there's now a bill in the legislature to repeal the benefit. In Texas, similar legislation is being readied for introduction there. The bill's sponsor says it's just a matter of fairness. Kris Kobach of the Immigration Reform Institute said, "If you have a lawful visa to attend school here, or to live here legally, you do not qualify for in-state tuition. Only aliens who break the law get this benefit.