In-State Tuition for Illegals, Take 4

From the Wisconsin State Journal (which shockingly uses the term “illegal” in its story),

“For the fourth straight budget, Gov. Jim Doyle has included a provision that would allow illegal immigrants who graduate from Wisconsin high schools to pay in-state tuition at University of Wisconsin institutions.

The state Legislature has stripped the item out of each budget in the past, but with a Democratic majority in both houses, advocates are hopeful it will be successful this time.”

Just one, tiny hitch.

“…even some Democrats say the measure faces serious problems, including the potential to conflict with a 1996 federal law. That law prohibits states from providing any higher education benefit based on residency to illegal immigrants unless they provide the same benefit to other U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live.

Rep. Kim Hixson, D-Whitewater, indicates she has a tighter grasp on reality than the governor.

“We can’t go against what is federal law,” Hixson said. “We certainly could not afford to let anyone in the U.S. outside of Wisconsin … come to school here (and pay in-state tuition).  I think as long as that’s out there, we just have to do what federal law says.”

Of course, there are lawyers “working on” the situation who don’t think it’ll be a problem to get around the federal law.

A gift of more than $13,000 in taxpayer-subsidized tuition payments per year, on top of the free public school tuition we’ve provided.

So, someone here illegally could not only be taking your kid’s spot at a state university, but you’d be on the hook to pay the bill, too.

Call Gov. Doyle and tell him what you think.   608-266-1212

Contact your state legislator here.

Published in: on March 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] The DREAM Act- Making In-State Tuition for Illegals Reality Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s 2009-2011 budget includes his 4th try at passing in-state college tuition for illegal aliens.  Background here. […]

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