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Tea Party vs. Chafee tonight on RI Dream Act

September 26, 2011

The Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education is scheduled to vote tonight on a controversial measure that would extend in-state tuition at the state’s three public colleges to the children of illegal immigrants.
The measure would grant in-state tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants who attend a Rhode Island high school for at least three years and qualify academically.
In order to get the tuition break, these children would have to begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens. The issue pits Governor Lincoln Chafee and Latino community leaders against anti-immigrant groups and the R.I. Tea Party.
In a statement, Chafee says the measure would build a better educated work force and improve the intellectual and cultural life of the state.
But the Tea Party group says it would lead to Rhode Island taxpayers subsidizing illegal immigration and end running the General Assembly. The Government Relations Committee of the higher education board unanimously approved the measure last week. The full board is slated to consider it tonight at a meeting at Community College of Rhode Island’s Warwick campus.

The measure would apply to URI,  CCRI and RIC.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Pablo rodriguez permalink
    September 26, 2011 8:53 pm

    No brainer. We have already invested in these children, why not get a return in our investment by allowing them to become professionals. president Obama already has given ICE discretion to not deport these students. Once the dream act passes (go rick Perry) they will be citizens

  2. Jaunita permalink
    September 27, 2011 2:40 am

    It’s a no-brainer that American resources are reserved for investment in American citizens. Mr. Obama is a moron that needs a civics lesson. Legislation is not within the scope of the president’s power. Locally, all Mr. Chafee has done is galvanize the anger of American citizens and cement their hatred for all criminals from anywhere outside U.S. borders that step onto American soil illegally snubbing her citizens and spitting on her laws. I thank Mr. Chafee for offending American citizens in RI so badly that at last, this will no longer go unchallenged – see you in court.

  3. Dave Brown permalink
    September 27, 2011 1:13 pm

    Is there *currently* a legal process by which these students can “begin the process of becoming U.S. citizens?” Presumably they won’t be applying for asylum. Do they just sign up for the immigration lottery each year?

    The cynical-paranoid part of me that will one day get around to reading _Catch-22_ can imagine a scenario whereby these students enroll in the state school expecting in-state tuition, then find out that they have to pay out-of-state tuition because they can’t begin a nonexistent process.

  4. Laura permalink
    September 30, 2011 6:52 am

    1. Obviously, in-state tuition is one more incentive to break the law, and helps create a climate of disregard for our laws. If these children were “brought here through no fault of their own” why haven’t their parents applied for citizenship already? This policy discriminates against foreign students here “legally” — they pay the same rate.

    2. In-state tuition violates a federal law passed in 1996 to prevent states from giving illegals in-state tuition.

    3. Once these students graduate, how will they find work? Most organizations that hire college students will weed them out, either because these students won’t commit perjury on their job applications, or because more and more employers are using E-Verify except here in RI because Chafee promotes breaking the law. These students will flee RI likes all the other graduates of RI colleges do because there are no prospects for employment except waiting table or going door-to-door canvassing for RI Future.

    4. “Fairness” is brought forward as an argument. Why is it fair that the firefighter in West Warwick who was a first responder at the Station Fire–his daughter will be unable to attend URI because the spot will be given to an illegal. Why is it fair that a veteran whose leg was blown off in an IED explosion in Iraq –he has to pay “full boat” for his son to live his dream to study pharmacy at URI. Is that fair? I say NO.

    5. Requiring an illegal student to fill out an affidavit stating that he/she will begin the process of citizenship is unenforceable. The Board of Regents amended their in-state tuition ruling with the provision that if the student doesn’t file the affidavit, the in-state tuition rate will be rescinded. Huh? This is beyond stupidity as there is NO WAY to enforce this! The taxpayer is left holding the bill once again. Yes, those mean taxpayers who don’t want to subsidize illegals who make higher education possible in RI.

    The reality is, this provision WILL discriminate. It will increase the competition for seats at our institutions of higher education… where affirmative action, race based bias is already determining who will be awarded a seat. Case in point: 1400 on the SAT means nothing when seats are being awarded based on ethnicity and now “illegal” status will be an additional tool used to determine eligibility.

    RI is a sanctuary state. This will not make the people of RI more prosperous… it will drag our state further into the breadline status is enjoys today. Congrats, Linc… you are putting the nails into the coffin of RI faster than you ever shoed a horse.

  5. Laura permalink
    September 30, 2011 6:56 am

    And don’t exhaust your anger for Gov. Chafee… this measure had the full support of cowards Paiva-Weed and Fox who were delighted to get “it off their plate.” Fox had no votes for this measure in the seven years it kept getting a hearing. Chafee passed this as pay-back for signing the voter i.d. measure into law. He simply can’t wait to circumvent that law by getting drivers’ licenses into the hands of the illegals… yes, I said “illegals” — these people are lawbreakers… THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY.

  6. Mike permalink
    September 30, 2011 7:05 am

    Chafee has no regard for the laws of the United States of America. He is bereft of any compassion for law-abiding, hard-working CITIZENS who pay the taxes that make the education of all illegal aliens possible. Without taxpayer dollars, there would be no education for illegals. We need a federal law to ban K-12 education for illegals and that will serve to stop incentivizing them to enter our nation ILLEGALLY. Right now, most of these people are receiving rent assistance, ebt cards, fuel assistance, free dental and medical. Change the Name of the State from Rhode Island to Sanctuary State… well done, Chafee, Fox and Paiva-Weed, you are doing your utmost to destroy the state. Sadly, there are no jobs now in RI and with a few more years of Chafee, there will be even less for those benefitting from the in-state tuition rate. Chafee, why don’t you focus on keeping the businesses we have left — all three of them… Schneider Electric in Kingston just cut twenty jobs.. .what about those poor folks? Turn a deaf ear… have fun with Madame Obama on the East Side…

  7. Alexia permalink
    January 5, 2012 7:30 pm

    i think people are following into greed and not allowing those children who think they have a better future here than in their own countries to succeed in life. You never know if one of those kids can be the inventor of something great in America. You are not letting those children share their intelligence.

  8. Alexia permalink
    January 5, 2012 7:31 pm


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