Category Archives: Con

Who exactly has a heart?

It appears as if Governor Perry is both aiding illegal immigration while trying to stem the flow. He did support a state-wide provision of in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants, but he has also increased border enforcement and supported Arizona’s SB1070 (See link below). Governor Perry makes the claim that he can be both hard and soft. He is soft because he feels that if you do not support educating the youth that arrives in the country at no fault to themselves, then you do not have a heart. This is a highly controversial point. If allowing illegal immigrants free in-state tuition was a simple matter of heart, wouldn’t the whole country be on board? Wouldn’t it be an obvious human rights issue? For example, there exists people in the US that are a single parent family with three children. That single parent looses their job. Now there is no one to care for this family, no one to keep a roof over their head or put food on the table. This heartbreaking story contributed to the creation of unemployment benefits. It is a benefit offered by almost every country. Providing tuition to illegal immigrants is not the same “heart” issue. What about providing tuition, scholarships and financial aid for legal citizens? Isn’t that a matter of heart? Is it not possible to say that if you don’t provide for your own citizens and instead push money towards people of other nations who break laws you do not have a heart?

Governor Perry Immigration Question

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California Dream Act

This past weekend Governor Brown signed the Dream Act into law. The law has two parts, the first of which passed in July and allowed the undocumented students to receive private scholarships, and the second of which passed this Saturday, allowing them to receive state financial aid for public schools (1). The Dream Act in California is different from the federal version in that it doesn’t have a program set up to eventually grant citizenship to the student. It’s basically the same law without the amnesty. The benefits of this law passing have already been stated: everyone deserves a fair chance, it wasn’t their fault their parents came into the country illegally, and they should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. But in a state that has so many issues with its public schools, from the budget to the oversized classes, one should wonder if passing this law was the right choice. Classes, with legal citizens alone, already fill up so quickly that its now becoming common practice for students to spend five or six years getting their four year degree. An extra 2,500 students (the number of undocumented students thought to be helped by this Act) is going to strain an already failing system. And this goes for the budget as well. Tuition is being raised and programs are being cut. We can’t afford maintaining the schools as they are now, how can we possibly do it with all these extra students? Before we start to include hard working illegal students in our public schools, before we start trying to be “fair” to them, we need to be fair to our hardworking American students, whose tuition is being raised, who have to spend an unnecessary amount of extra time in school because the class they need to graduate is too full. While it is true that the students affected by the Dream Act would only receive $14.5 million out of a $1.4 billion budget (2), that’s money that could help a student out there struggling currently. Colleges are there to help us reach the American Dream. Let’s give Americans a chance to reach it before we give their opportunities away to citizens of a different country.

1 http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/227644/20111008/california-dream-act-passed-for-illegal-immigrant-students-college-governor-jerry-brown-cal-grants.htm
2 http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/09/california-passes-dream-act-allowing-aid-for-undocumented-students/

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