UPDATE 04/26/2012 The Delaware nightmare is over the Dream Act failed to get support Written by Wade Malcolm The News Journal
A bill that would have given in-state tuition and scholarships to undocumented immigrants does not have enough support to move out of committee, meaning the proposal is effectively dead.
Dream Act hearing gets mixed reaction; State’s version of controversial tuition bill fosters debate about illegal immigrants
The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Robert I. Marshall, said he hopes it will be passed by a vote in the full Senate, despite some vocal outcries against it.
“I’m very well aware this is not a popular bill,” said Marshall, D-Wilmington West. “My office has gotten a lot of calls.”
Advocates of the bill say undocumented students who were brought here as children and graduate from a Delaware high school deserve the same in-state tuition as other state residents. Opponents say giving those benefits to people here illegally is unfair to out-of-state students, who are American citizens and in some cases pay more than twice as much to attend one of Delaware’s three public institutions of higher education
Damn right, why exclude out-of-state Americans and make then second-class citizens?
No one from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University or Delaware Technical Community College — the institutions the bill would affect — addressed the committee.
That way, when it goes all wrong they can say it was beyond our control.
Maria Matos, executive director of the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington, said she feels most undocumented college students essentially are Americans already. They came to this country as children and attended school here most of their lives, she said
And there you have it, “she feels most undocumented college students essentially are Americans already.” Next thing you know Marshall will support a national call for giving illegals Social Security and the right to vote!
God bless those who come to American for a better life but please use the front door.
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