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Published: Sunday, Feb. 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Bryan
Syracuse, UT

Allowing an illegal alien to pay in-state tuition is wrong. So is allowing them to attend college at all. This op-ed ignores the state laws (such as those in Utah), that are actually showing the Feds the right way to solve the problem with illegal aliens: going after companies that hire illegal aliens, authorizing local police to investigate the status of a person stopped or arrested, and not allowing children of illegal aliens to attend public school.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Why not punish companies who hire illegally? It's amazing how the right constantly complains about illegal immigration but does nothing to punish those responsible for it. Those who encourage bad behavior. Those who commit illegal acts. Those who wish to employ and shelter criminals. Punish companies who break the law and watch and how quickly illegal immigration drops. Yet, the right continues to defend these decadent companies.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Why are states allowing criminal trespassers a state subsidized education when, IF they graduate, they won't be able to work here anyway?

Liberal elitists from both political parties continue to recommend amnesty and other benefits for lawbreakers even though 70-80% of legal American citizens would like our immigration laws enforced. Enforcement through e-verify would cost very little. Elitists don't want that. They only seem to want "solutions" that benefit the illegal trespassers.

There has been no greater "disconnect" between what the citizens want and what unethical politicians want in the last 50 years than the illegal immigrant issue.

We have tried amnesty a number of times. It didn't work. How about NOW we try enforcement?

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

"...Latinos, who were repelled by the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Republican politicians."

A flat-out lie. Conservative Republicans are NOT anti-immigrant. They are in favor of LEGAL immigration, while being opposed to ILLEGAL immigration. Of course these deceivers know that already. But they knowingly and purposely say otherwise, in a malicious effort to discredit and demonize them, for political gain.

"The moral case is clear."

Yes, it is. Children of bank robbers shouldn't be allowed to keep the bank robber's loot. Why? Because it is not fair.

The exact same principle applies to children of illegal aliens -- with regard to in-state tuition, scholarships, and residency on U.S. soil.

The message should be disseminated loud and clear -- Crime will not pay, neither for the criminal, nor for the child.

Besides, America's young adults likewise are "trying to make a better lives for themselves," and likewise could make a valuable contribution to society -- with the help of a higher education.

So stop rationalizing. The fact is, these children were brought here illegally. Which means their illegal-alien parents are here. Which means they should all be going back together, as a family -- just like they came.

AmberDru
Xenia, OH

Barbra Jordan had the right idea..Barbara Jordan
“It is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.
- Barbara Jordan She also said. Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave

AmberDru
Xenia, OH

I've seen no evidence that anyone other than the illegal alien themselves benefit from them being here- well maybe their employers who are also breaking the law...If our own English speaking high school dropouts are bad for society how are non English speaking , high school dropouts good? ....This very paper has published stories on college grads doing unskilled work - yet still makes the argument that more unskilled workers are needed...Cognitive Dissonance? Why would anyone push for policies that hurt the bottom 50% of American workers? What part of the social contract says the elites should advance the interest of foreign workers to the detriment of our lowest wage workers?

AmberDru
Xenia, OH

Christian Science Monitor Immigrants gaining jobs, native-born Americans aren't + Have degree, driving cab: Nearly half of college grads are overqualified. Same type of reports from Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele in WaPo about PhD STEM grads doing office temp work. The Chronicle of Higher Education PhD now comes with food stamps and unemployed law school grads are suing their schools for lying about the placement rate. American high tech workers have to train their replacements, but our "leaders" still want more foreign workers ; High skilled and no skills. Does anyone ever ask Obama, McCain, Rubio, Dubin, Sherrod Brown ect for evidence that "we" need more workers?

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

This is a very short sighted policy that ultimately hurts the illegal immigrants.

Look at it this way. You have a kid who has grown up most of their life in the US, they go to college, get student loans, and graduate.

Now that illegal immigrant goes to apply for a job that could use their newly aquired degree. If they pass the interview, now what? Once they have to provide documentation showing that they can work here legally, they will be passed over for the job.

Now, you have illegal immigrants with college debt and degrees that do them no good. Unless they become legal citizens, offering college degrees is worthless.

This is the test of "fairness" in the liberal mind. Is it fair to allow illegal immigrants to jump to the fron of the immigration line simply because they broke the law when they were younger and have lived here for a while?

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