In-State Tuition is bad policy. Here's why:
- It's Unfair. When public colleges and universities provide illegal aliens subsidized tuition and financial aid, other deserving students are inevitably denied an opportunity to receive such help. Postsecondary education budgets are extremely limited and, often, unable to meet the needs of all students who depend on financial aid to help fund their education.
- It's Illogical. Illegal aliens are prohibited from working in the United States. As such, it makes little practical sense to subsidize their education with taxpayer money. Even DACA recipients, who have a temporary deferment of deportation, are only given temporary work authorization that is generally granted in two-year terms and could be rescinded at any time.
- It Undermines Federal Law. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 prohibits illegal aliens from receiving in-state tuition or financial aid unless all citizens of the United States are also eligible to receive such benefits. Though some unscrupulous state lawmakers created a loophole to get around this law, these laws undermine Congress’ intent to prohibit illegal aliens from receiving benefits that other citizens are ineligible to obtain.
- It Promotes Illegal Immigration. Accommodating and rewarding those who violate our immigration laws encourages others to follow the same path. This gives prospective immigrants little incentive to pursue the legal paths to immigration when they can side step the process and gain the same benefits as citizens and legal residents.
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