Friday, November 04, 2005

But, Mom, All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

David Hawkins, Director of public policy for the National Association for College Admission Counseling in Alexandria, Virginia wrote this letter to the editors of the Boston Globe in response to the debate over the pending legislation that would grant in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens looking to attend public colleges in Massachusetts.

He counters the opposition to this legislation, expressed by Governor Mitt Romney's office, with the following three "reasons".

Reasons to aid immigrant kids forgot something in that title there, Dave.

(1) The Supreme Court, in the 1982 case Plyler v. Doe, struck down a Texas state law that held minor students responsible for their parents' immigration status. In so doing, the court affirmed that undocumented minor students have a right to a free public K-12 education.




We're no longer talking about "minors", as defined by the law, with this bill. These illegals are now (or soon will be) "adults" responsible for their own residency status. This vacuous argument is nothing more than the to-be-expected application of the "It's FOR THE CHILDREN!" mentality that drives liberal ideology. The debate going on today has NOTHING to do with K-12 education. Period.

It's a nice attempt to steer the debate away from the facts, though. I'd expect nothing less from a supporter this piece of crap bill.

(2) More than 60,000 undocumented students graduate from US high schools. At present, these students have no realistic options for higher education.

A little context would be nice here, Dave. For instance, what is the current number of students waiting in their home countries to enter the United States LEGALLY, for the purposes of furthering their education and improving their quality of life? You want "realistic"? Here's a realistic notion for them. Send them back to their home country, so they can fill out the paperwork, and get in line! If you have a beef with the legal immigration process, address that issue directly. Don't sidestep the matter and reward those who refuse to follow the rule of law. Encouraging circumvention of the law is WRONG - end of discussion. Honestly, how difficult a concept is that to understand?

(3) Many "red states," including Utah, Texas, and Kansas, have enacted legislation that would allow in-state tuition for qualified undocumented students.

Ah, yes, the old "everyone else is doing it, so it must be a good idea" argument. This is the same rationale the "undocumented tourist" lobby trotted out via their designated spokesman on the matter, State Representative Tim Toomey, earlier this year when they tried to get the Commonwealth to issue drivers licenses to illegal aliens. I posted on that here, and will say now what I said then.

That's your argument? "Other states are doing it"? Are you serious? You sure you want that standard to rule the day?

You want to know what else "other states" are doing, Tim? They're allowing law-abiding citizens to legally carry concealed weapons without interference from liberal asswipe politicians such as yourself. Have a look. There are currently 35 states that are "shall issue" with regard to the issuance of concealed carry permits. Clearly then, following your feeble-assed reasoning, we need to jump on board with that program. I mean, for the children, and all.

Nice try, Mr. Hawkins.