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Delegate: In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants the Wrong Direction for Maryland

The fundamental problem with such a piece of legislation is that it is yet another attempt to take away the incentives that exist for immigrants to enter our country legally.

As a member of the House of Delegates, one of the responsibilities I take most seriously includes oversight of issues relating to educational policy. I wanted to take the time to inform members of the district of a particular piece of legislation presently in my committee that has been garnering quite a bit of press lately—granting in-state tuition at Maryland colleges and universities to illegal immigrants. 

Let me first be clear of my position: I strongly oppose this bill. 

The bill would exempt illegal immigrant students that have attended and graduated from a Maryland public high school from being charged the “out of state” tuition rates they currently must pay. I find this to be flawed public policy. 

The bill is flawed in two ways: economically and on principle. Passage of this legislation could have a real financial implication for all the taxpayers of Maryland, costing residents almost $1 million a year as early as 2014, and more than $3.5 million by 2016. To me, this makes for bad legislation: with the state facing a serious financial deficit, the government should exhibit caution before entering into new spending on any program, especially a program such as this.  

The more fundamental problem with such a piece of legislation is that it is yet another attempt to take away the incentives that exist for immigrants to enter our country legally. 

If governments were to grant all the rights and privileges of natural citizens to illegal immigrants, other potential immigrants would have much less motivation to choose the appropriate and legal methods through which they might become legal citizens. To state the issue simply: Why would one go through the rigors of becoming a legal citizen when another can skip the process and still enjoy the same benefits? 

While I concede that the federal government has shirked its responsibility to meaningfully reform immigration in America, there is no excuse to condone, and certainly not to reward, illegal behavior.   

Moreover, the bill causes me concern because it will allow undocumented immigrants to take in-state slots away from legal, otherwise-deserving Maryland residents, some of whom would be coming from our district.  

Our country and our communities have a long tradition of working hard and playing by the rules. Many of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents were all asked to do that. 

Such hard work and adherence to the rules was true also of past generations’ efforts to become fully integrated citizens of the United States. If this is a past we are proud of, and if it is a tradition we wish to continue, we must not pass laws such as this. 

Rewarding illegal behavior is irresponsible in any context. Because of this, and other reasons, this bill will not receive my vote on the floor of the House of Delegates. As always, I welcome your feedback on this or any other issue.

Francis March 23, 2011 at 04:33 AM
NOT ONE WORD ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF ARIZONA ARE ILLEGAL? THIS MIGHT NOT IMPRESS YOU RIGHT NOW, UNTIL HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS MORE START DRAINING YOUR STATE TREASURIES THEN THE INDIVIDUAL WILL DO SOMETHING? MY GUESS WHEN WE ARE OVERWHELMED BY POPULATION GROWTH AND A SHORTAGE OF OIL, ENERGY AND WATER, PEOPLE MAY TAKE NOTICE? YOUR HOME CAN BE IN FURTHEST STATE IN THE UNION, OR ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THE PESTILENCE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WILL FOLLOW YOU THERE. All the US government has to do, is throw conniving business owners in prison, when they hire illegal aliens. Cross-Reference all documentation for person applying for welfare, seal the borders with troops and the double layer fence and amend the 14th Amendment. In addition every sponsor of family chain migration must be held accountable. Becoming a member of the Tea Party in your district will elect more positive thinking Candidates, to stop the bleeding of State treasuries, federal coffers and your rising taxes. Plain and simple-we cannot support the poor and indigent no more or we too will be sinking to a third world society.
Francis March 23, 2011 at 04:34 AM
However, the Leftist portion of our government haven't been able to place obstacles in the way of Secure Communities as yet? Just about every newspaper calls illegal aliens--undocumented immigrants, or other De-Facto name, when in truth they are foreign aliens and have no right to be here. The TEA Party knows this and will fight against the Liberal progressives and any other crazy scheme, thinking that Americans are not going to stop these parodies of our laws. Scrutinizing the papers today, one article accessed the growing population of Arizona. We accept high demand skilled workers, but their is no financial room for people who need public welfare. The Bloomberg E-news states When talking about the Arizona census population: Tests of the limits and effectiveness of immigration policies and procedures are underway in Arizona, where the Hispanic population increased 46.3 percent between 2000 and 2010 to account for 29.6 percent of the 6.4 million residents. Of course the US Census didn't distinguish between honest Legal and illegal persons which Obama’s Leftist Czars and thought was justified. NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS! They are illegal as they broached the sovereignty of our border. If there was any true intention to seal our border from economic migrants, including the instant birthright baby, entry would have classed as a felony. Its illogical to think that the Greatest nation on Earth, cannot control the inflow of foreign national.
Francis March 23, 2011 at 04:35 AM
The business industries find ways negate the tax code, but the men and women taxpayers have no such political advantages. Ordinary Americans have no special privileges and cannot attribute, but a few dollars to political campaigns. Only united voices as with the TEA PARTY can fix the hardships of all the populace, by stopping the "Tax and Spend" Liberals, who a major part of bring more illegal aliens to our shores and borders. Leftist -Democrats and even some Republicans opposed the advancement of the-REAL-fence and placed obstacles so the E-Verify system of catching foreign nationals, before they were hired.
Francis March 23, 2011 at 04:35 AM
A letter from the promoters of corporate greed, doomed the first chance of fiscal American survival against the illegal alien occupation. The letter signified the influence of the major instigator, the US Chamber of Commerce, whom believes that discount illegal labor is an essential to our wilting economy? A Guest Worker program would alleviated this problem, if it wasn't full of visa loopholes? We already bring into America over a million and a half a year, so exasperating the process just make citizens and authorized residents resentful and angry. This is especially true when the company bosses do not drive on congested highways, they live in gated mansions or isolated homes and have no dealings with the imported foreign crime and the crumbling neighborhoods full of poverty-stricken foreigners. For Tea Party is apposed to any form of Amnesty, which includes so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Any form of Dream Act or Sanctuary City policies, until the border fence is sealed tight and controlled by at least 5.000 military presence. We just cannot subsidize the worlds poor as its threatening especially the American workers on the lower scale, the State and federal economy and unrest in this nation.
Francis March 23, 2011 at 04:36 AM
The majority of Americans don't care which side of the world people come from to settle here, as long as they arrive legally? The Southwest has been invaded and unless the do-nothing US Government starts enforcing the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill, as it was intended, we will just been washing billions of taxpayer dollars as down the eternal drain, as we have for decades. The Leftist climb on the bandwagon with pushing the racist card, because they will not examine the truth and are involved in this philosophies of world Government.; facts they will not disclose about spending taxpayer’s money and building larger government agencies so their agenda is successful. These Leftist want wide open borders, with no consideration for the taxpaying public. They can lie in the Liberal press all they want, but the truth is Americans are sick and tired of supporting the impoverished of other countries.

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