In a perfect world, with unlimited funding and unlimited access to state colleges, this could be an acceptable approach. In the long run, it may save the American taxpayers because with a college education immigrants may be more likely to become citizens and less likely to need or receive government assistance. However, this rationale may not hold water given the fiscal constraints and reality of limited access to education. Also, this seems to fall into the extreme accommodation category and raises a lot of questions:
o Where does the responsibility lie with the immigrant family? Why can’t it be required that the parents and/or child obtain citizenship first before being given in-state tuition?
o Are these immigrant children also qualifying for an affirmative action preference in admissions due to their ethnicity and low income?
o How does the law in these states impact the acceptance rates and costs for qualified US citizens?
o Where is the equity with respect to our US troops? While many qualify for tuition assistance, it appears that they often don’t qualify for in-state tuition. This is a problem since our armed forces are required to move often making in-state residency virtually impossible.
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