Immigration and Tuition

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Recently many politicians have focused their attention on illegal immigration and its cost on education in America. Many states have chosen to override the Immigration Nationality Act of 1996, which "prohibits access to in-state tuition benefits by undocumented students (Numbers USA)." Overturning this law and allowing illegal immigrants the opportunity to pay in-state tuition for college, causes further damage to the United States economy, and should not be allowed.

The Immigration Nationality Act of 1996 states that, "…an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State for any post-secondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit…" This law ultimately concludes that anyone who is not an official citizen of the United States should not receive the same education benefits as someone who is legally registered or born a U.S. citizen. By disregarding this law, criminals are reaping the same opportunities as everyone else, which is not fair. Colorado congressman named Regent Tillie Bishop stated, "I think if we're going to give illegal aliens in-state tuition, then we should give (out-of-state) students legally living in the United States in-state tuition (Anas)."

It's easy to draw on the sympathy card and argue that the children of illegal immigrants should not have to "pay" for their parents' wrong doing (Anas). While it is not rational to blame a child for initially coming to America as an illegal immigrant, once he/she become of age to go to college, the child is aware that what they're doing is wrong. In an interview with an undocumented student, she refused to reveal her last name for fear of getting into trouble with law and government officials (Anas). She came here as a child, but it's apparent that she knows what she's doing is wrong, however she still feels she deserves the right to pay in-state tuition for college. This...
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