Immigrant tuition bill advances

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Colorado Mesa University (“CMU”) President Tim Foster deserves kudos for publicly supporting in-state tuition for children of undocumented aliens (“Immigrant tuition bill advances”, January 24, 2013).

Yesterday, Foster properly testified that:

There is a cadre of very bright, talented young men and young women who would really benefit from lowering the cost of going to college and allow us to continue to progress as one of the most educated states in the union.

This is the same “cadre” of potentially productive future Americans who would be offered a “pathway to citizenship” if comprehensive federal immigration overhaul incorporates “the DREAM Act”.

Consequently, Foster’s support of in-state tuition for Colorado’s “Dreamers” constitutes a welcome departure from the insipid callousness of the Republican primary debates, wherein then would-be Republican standard-bearer Willard Romney bullied his fellow candidates and pandered to Tea Partiers (and earned their applause) by appealing to the “darker angels” of anti-immigrant prejudice and advocating “self-deportation”. 
Foster’s better informed and more empathetic perspective is also entirely consistent with President Obama’s policy directive issued last June, in which he extended the suspension of deportations of thousands of qualified non-citizen children of “illegal immigrants”—precisely so that they could contribute to our “union” by pursuing their education, serving in the military, and presumably (assuming that the DREAM Act eventually becomes the law of the land) moving along a “pathway to citizenship”.

Heretofore, Republican opposition to in-state tuition and to the DREAM Act has derived from the calculus that a “pathway to citizenship” leads to more minority voters – who, unless their voting rights are successfully suppressed, are likely to vote Democratic.

Foster is thus also to be congratulated for rising above such partisan concerns to support what is best for these kids, for CMU, for Colorado, and thus for the future of our nation.

                Bill Hugenberg



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