Monday night, the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education voted in favor of extending the right to high school graduates that are in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee supported the measure saying: “This policy change will improve the intellectual and culture life of Rhode Island while strengthening our workforce and helping our economy.”
There were numerous opponents to the measure present at the Board of Governors meeting Monday night, but obviously their voices fell on deaf ears. Among them was Terry Gorman, executive director of Rhode Island for Immigration Law Enforcement who equated the measure to aiding and abetting illegal immigrants.
I have to ask what these people were thinking when they voted for this measure. Why should someone who is in the country illegally be allowed to pay in-state tuition while legal US citizens living just across a state border have to pay out-of-state tuition. Not only is this aiding a foreign national but it is discriminating against US citizens.
Rhode Island joins 12 other states that have similar laws.
One of the issues starting to plague presidential candidate Rick Perry is his stance on illegal immigrants. As governor of Texas, Perry signed into law a bill that allows the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition to public colleges and universities.
We should be making it harder and more difficult on illegals instead of giving them more benefit than US citizens receive.