So, our institutions of higher learning are NOT being overrun by illegal
immigrants, after all.
That's one conclusion we might draw from having our
universities enforce the provision of Proposition 300 that denies in-state
tuition to kids who can't prove their citizenship.
We have a problem with illegal immigration, for sure. A report by the
state's Joint Legislative Budget Committee.shows that there are 4,000
students without U.S. birth certificates enrolled in state schools, paying
in-state tuition. Of those, most were in community college.
As Anne Ryman's story on the subject said:
"The report shows 1,720 Maricopa students were ineligible for in-state
tuition out of its nearly 111,500 in-state students. Of the 1,720, 145 were
denied financial aid. Arizona State University reported 207 students
ineligible for in-state tuition, while University of Arizona reported 119
and Northern Arizona University reported 20."
In addition to addressing the issue of in-state tuition for children who
aren't citizens, the numbers here also show that maybe it would be OK to
ratchet down the hysteria over illegal immigration just a bit.
Even in our community colleges, the most affected institutions, the number
of such students is about 1 percent.
That strikes me as better news that most of us would have expected. And
maybe, just maybe, reason NOT to react with hysterical panic every time the
illegal immigration problem comes up.