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NO DREAM AT ALL

September 20, 2007

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is trying to revive one of its worst provisions of the recently defeated amnesty bill: the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.  The bill would constitute a massive financial windfall for millions of illegal aliens, and essentially guarantee a college education at much lower in-state rates, says the Washington Times.

Consider:

  • The DREAM Act would repeal a 1996 law -- the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act -- which included a provision barring any state from offering discounted tuition to illegals unless it provided the same tuition discount to all U.S. citizens.
  • Ten states (California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington) currently grant reduced in-state tuition to illegals in violation of federal law.

It would be difficult to exaggerate all of the perverse incentives in the DREAM Act, which provide illegals with better treatment than citizens and noncitizens who obey the law.  Some states actually make breaking federal law a condition for receiving in-state tuition rates by denying in-state tuition to legal aliens with valid student visas.  The laws also show contempt for law-abiding American citizens, says the Times.

Source: Editorial, "No DREAM at all," Washington Times, September 19, 2007.

 

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