Saturday, January 12, 2008

We Live in a Beautiful World

While I know most Americans just don't have the time to become experts in particular policy areas, can't we at least educate ourselves on issues before we go off on tirades about them? Can't we at least resist bigotry when practicing apathy?

I'm speaking specifically about Patrick's decision to allow undocumented immigrants into Mass public colleges with in-state tuition, if they're seeking to become citizens.

It's been statistically shown that there would be such a small number of students - 20 per state school - that it would have no impact on student placement or educational quality. Furthermore, because schools wouldn't have to hire additional staff to account for a measly 20 students among thousands and thousands, it would actually be a net-positive revenue situation. That's why our state schools support the plan.

Yet, regular folks don't know any of that, because they can't read past the "Patrick to Give Undocumented Immigrants In-State Tuition" headline. Of course, the MSM does little to actually make the populace aware, all the while America continues it's history of bigotry and spite toward immigrants.

Did I ever mention that one of my favorite songs is Coldplay's "Beautiful World?" Somehow this belongs here.
Bones are sinking like stones
All that we fall for
Homes places we've grown
All of us are done for

And we live in a beautiful world (yeah we do yeah we do)
We live in a beautiful world

Oh all that I know is nothing to run from
Cause yeah everybody here got's somebody to lean on


Anonymous said...

Let'em become citizens first.

Ryan Adams said...

They have to be on the road to citizenship. I think that's quite enough. May as well make sure as many people on the path to citizenship are already to be productive, rather than give them citizenship before they can be as productive.

Anonymous said...

Ryan - the legislation that was voted down had no requirement that they be on a path to citizenship.

But that aside - the Federal law which says that if you allow illegal aliens to have in-state tuition, then you cannot charge out of state tuition to residents of other states will cost the UMass system money which it cannot afford. What's the solution? Raise tuition for everybody? Ask for a bigger subsidy when there's already a defecit? Nobody has an answer for this.

Anonymous said...

Giving it to the illegal aliens rewards illegal behaviour. What about all the immigrants who stood in line at our consulates, waited their turn and came in legally. Isn't that a better example to show them, don't break the law. If you don't like the law, become a citizen, vote and change things.

Ryan Adams said...

Anon 11:12 - that federal law does not exist. LOL.

Believe me, I couldn't get in state tuition to Texas or California... and both states give in state tuition to undocumented Americans.

ANon 5:33

"What about all the immigrants who stood in line at our consulates, waited their turn and came in legally."

They get in state tuition, question free (unlike undocumented Americans, who have to have been going to public school for 3 years and on the path to citizenship). These kids haven't broken the law, either, their parents did. So enough with the demagoguery. Thanks.

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