Education is the most fundamental tool we have to secure a better future for each other by providing the tools for success. So why do so many people have a problem with educating the children of migrants? I’d imagine that a well educated person would be better equipped to help find solutions to contribute to a world community where everyone can experience the same type of success we have here in the United States.
Debates Persist Over Subsidies for Immigrant College Students
Published: December 12, 2007
Children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents find, years later, that they must forgo higher education because they are ineligible for federal or state aid.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Go to college, we urge our children. College is the new high school, and without an undergraduate degree, they will be doomed to low-earning, second-rate lives.
Yet we send the opposite message to thousands of young people because they have been brought into this country illegally by their parents, sometimes when they were toddlers, or remained beyond their visa deadlines. About 65,000 persevere well enough every year to graduate from high school, according to the Washington-based Urban Institute, but once they do, we make going to college hard if not impossible.
Since 2001, California, Texas, Illinois, New York, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Kansas and Nebraska have charged illegal immigrants the same in-state tuition as other residents so long as they have graduated from state schools. But three states — Colorado, Georgia and Arizona — have explicitly outlawed such benefits.