Illegal Aliens’ Tuition
Generally speaking, “immigrants” refers to people who leave their home countries to foreign lands. The purposes of their trips are usually to find a more potential life for them and the later generations of their families. To be more specific, there are two types of immigration: legal and illegal. Legal immigrants refer to people who come to the U.S with proper documents and valid visas. On the other hand, illegal immigrants are classified as people who enter the U.S without any legal traveling documents or appropriate visas. Those two groups have been replenishing the U.S population in general and in the diversities of ethnicities in particular. The questions arise if those two groups should be treated equally, especially concerning the tuition issue. As a consequence, the answers may be either yes or no depending on each person’s perspective. However, American taxpayers should allow legal foreign students to pay in-state tuition rates; conversely, the illegal immigrants shouldn’t reach advantages like inhabitants in USA because it is not obviously fair for international students.
First of all, let’s discuss some background information between those two groups. As Kevin Boyle points out in his article “The Root Causes of Immigration,” “in the late 80s and early 90s, there were approximately 150,000 Irish men and women slipped into the United State illegally, taking jobs as laborers, waiters, bartenders, and nannies up and down the East Coast.” Also, there are citizens of South Americans who entered the U.S illegally through crossing the borders. Nevertheless, this method is very risky. Someone might die on his way to the U.S due to the lack of conveniences and vehicles. Sometimes, people catch the image of a person crossing a freeway to get to the land of America. He aimlessly launches through the freeway with the hope of getting a better life. In the end, he might give up to the ghost if some cars crash into him or he might end up finding a job in America to take care of his family. As this issue arises, more “illegal crossing” signs are assigned on freeways which are close to the border of Mexico and America in order to caution drivers on the road. In general, this method of crossing the border does not take any effort obtaining appropriate paperwork or visas. However, the only cost that illegals have to pay might be as valuable as their lives. On the other hand, to be an international student, there are multifaceted and significant steps to be a legal individual in U.S. In fact, international students firstly have to surf the internet to search for suitable school. Circuitously, they need to submit essential documents such as preliminary application, Affidavit of Support, Bank statement, transcripts, English Proficiency, copy of passport, tuberculosis test, and a personal essay. Roughly, the application process can take up to two or three months depending on how fast the students can gather the required documents to meet the deadlines. After that, there was at least seven to ten business days for the reviewing process to take place before being any admission decision is made. Besides, possessing the I-20 and the acceptance letter does not mean that the student can study abroad in the United States right away. Momentously, coming U.S legally, students actually have to make an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy. Moreover, they also need to purchase a SEVIS (the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) immigration record through the issued I-20 and pay interview fee such as more than 300 bucks. Furthermore, passing the interview is actually an imperative element of international students to get through studying aboard lives legally in U.S. If students fail the interview, they again have to make other appointments and repay other interview fee. Nevertheless, it is seemly less stressful to be illegal immigrants because they don’t need to involved in any paperwork and...
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