Mitt Romney said at the debate last week Thursday that the Texas in-state tuition rates made available for children of illegals who want a higher education, encourages illegal immigration. Chris Christie said Tuesday Evening at the Reagan Library that he supports giving an education for children of illegals but in the same line he took a swipe at Texas Governor Rick Perry for providing education for children of illegals at reduced rates.
The website of the University of Texas states clearly that to “be classified as a Texas residents and entitled to pay resident tuition,” meaning, the same rate that any poor Texan may be eligible, a student must have 1) a Diploma from a Texas private or public High School; 2) must prove that he/she lived in the state for the twelve months prior to starting the College Semester or have lived in Texas for 36 months leading up to the High School graduation, and 3) non-U.S. citizens must be in the process of retaining a legal residence status in accordance with Federal Law.
So… How can Romney tell us with a somber face that this program encourages people to come illegally into the USA? Does he really think a criminal or any normal person from Mexico or from wherever takes this program into consideration before deciding to come to this country illegally? Does Romney know that these students were maybe one percent of all enrollees in Texas’ publicly-backed Higher Education system in 2010? If Christie is against such a plan, how else would he educate children of illegals immigrants? Would Christie ask those kids who want an education instead of a gang to pay full price when they are largely from low income homes?
One can only conclude that Romney (for whom I would vote if he won the Primary), Christie (whose trash talk I like) and many Republicans (my fellow partymen) are just clueless about this program, or perhaps they are lying to the Conservative wing of the Republican Party for a political gain. In the mean time, Governor Perry should point out facts about this program instead of challenging if a have a heart.
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