I found the article below on Latina.com…. Interestingly enough, I had covered a story on the issue mid of last year. My personal intake: Becoming a U.S. citizen is hard enough. I took a citizenship course in college which broke down the system…. BASICALLY, it would take you YEARS (5+) to even be considered! So although the United States is aware of your “illegal” residence in the U.S., you will not be given the opportunity to become a citizen. Also, they try to manipulate you to go back to your country of origin and do it “properly” which would guarantee you NOTHING. Not to add, you are expected to pay at least $600 for a review…
So, if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, you are not a criminal and you want to go to school, you should be given that opportunity. From covering the story last year I found certain politician’s arguments to be “they are being given a privilege when all they should be given is a fine” OR “why are we charging out-of-state residents MORE tuition that illegal aliens in california” WELL because they are RESIDENTS, they are simply not citizens.
No one is giving undocumented Immigrants a FREE education, just like everyone, they are being expected to pay tuition. Although some are able to receive scholarships, these students are not being granted financial Aid OR loans, which is already making it harder on them.
The article below states that the Supreme Court is still allowing Undocumented Immigrants attend college although some people are STILL not too happy about it…..
The Supreme Court rejected an appealearlier this week that challengedCalifornia’s policy of granting reduced, in-state college tuition to graduates of its high school who are illegal immigrants,The Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, lawyers for the conservative anti-immigration group that pushed the appeal argued that “preferential treatment” for illegal immigrants violated federal law. They pointed to a small provision in a 1986 law that barred stated from giving any postsecondary benefit to an “alien who is not lawfully present in the United States on the basis of residence within a state.” Last year, the California Supreme Court ruled that the state’s policy did not clash with federal law because the tuition help depended on a student’s high school graduation, not his or her residency. It was the first ruling of its kind, and may pave the way for more states to follow suit.
In 2001 California decided to award in-state tuition to any qualified student who attended high school in California for three years and graduated. Education officials in California have defended its policy, stating that many of those who took advantage of its in-state tuition policy were U.S. citizens who came from other states. Though the court’s recent action is not an official ruling, it serves as beacon to 11 other states that permit illegal immigrants to obtain in-state tuition. Among the bunch are Illinois, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin. However, 12 states have clearly expressed refusal to grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.