Printed letters, Feb. 22, 2012

I am surprised The Daily Sentinel editors have joined the local and Washington Democrats in supporting state financing of illegal high school students for state-supported college education. This is all about ethnic politics, especially considering Colorado’s high education- fund shortage, and a federal way could easily resolve this.

Analyze this solution: Have all military recruitment centers initiate a temporary green card to all local residents (illegal) who provide a copy of their first semester senior transcript showing a C-plus average or better. With diploma in hand, these students sign up for three years (in any U.S. military group) and take the oath, then their green card becomes permanent. When these military members finish the enlistment with honor, they join the many green-card military members who currently take the full oath of U.S. citizenship monthly. 

This is called earning their citizenship and their college place with a Veterans Affairs subsidized education. 

This will bring many Mexicans to useful citizenship. This springs out of my personal experience of many decades ago when the military transferred my civilian job to Fort Bliss at El Paso, Texas. My U.S. Marine Reserve status also transferred, as well. Most of my fellow Marines there were of Mexican origin. What a gung-ho bunch. There are many cultural strengths of this group that make them excellent citizens, not the least of which that they make excellent Marines.

This tea party Republican would like to see something along this line initiated as a win-win solution that could set the atmosphere for a better resolution to the root problem of illegal immigration. Also, it places the cost and responsibility for this issue with the federal government, where the fault lies.

ROLAND REYNOLDS

Grand Junction

ASSET bill is a win-win proposal

Thank you to The Daily Sentinel for endorsing the Colorado ASSET bill. Senate Bill 15 is great for our state. It would help boost our educational level and economy by encouraging new students to enroll in our institutions of higher education.

It would mean that students who were born in another country but educated in the United States could access college education at a tuition rate that is much more within reach.

These students would not receive state or federal financial aid (which means that they would still pay a higher rate than their in-state peers), as opposed to the outrageous out-of-state rates they currently pay.

My nieces recently benefitted from the Texas in-state tuition law.

One continues to waitress as she builds up clientele and experience as a photographer and clothing designer.  The other works in a day-care center and in a restaurant, and she will graduate with her teaching degree in a year. These young ladies work harder than most American-born college students I know.

Having watched their single mother struggle as a nanny, they know that the way up and out is through education. Texas wised up long ago and realized the potential that would be lost if the thousands of undocumented high school graduates (which they had educated in K–12 schools) did not go on to pursue a degree.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have a bunch of hard-working, college-educated young adults coming into their own in this country than millions of frustrated and dreamless young people with nothing but time on their hands and little ambition to speak of.

So let’s take a hint from Texas and get all high school grads in Colorado moving on toward a college education. After all, it won’t cost taxpayers a dime, and it will boost our state revenue through tuition. It’s a win-win.

NICOLE BERNAL RUIZ

Fruita

 

Democrats don’t understand the meaning of ‘illegal’

This is in reference to the Feb. 11 front-page article in The Daily Sentinel titled, “500 illegal immigrants likely to benefit from reduced tuition rate.” The Associated Press article goes on to say, “Colorado’s Democratic Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a measure that would set a new tuition rate for residents who are illegal immigrants.”

My question is: What is it about the term “illegal” Democrats don’t grasp?

The thought process with Democrats seems to be encourage illegal immigration, then at some point down the road grant blanket amnesty — thus ensuring a reliable voter bloc.

My perspective may be somewhat unique in that I’m a former Canadian, now U.S. citizen, who attained my citizenship the old fashioned way — legally. I served three years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, as a Canadian, during the Vietnam era.

A few years after receiving my honorable discharge, I applied for U.S. citizenship. After the requisite background check and taking the citizenship test, I was sworn in as a U.S. citizen in Denver in 1974.

Encouraging illegals makes a mockery of those who chose the traditional legal path to U.S. citizenship.

PAUL CURRIE-MILLS

Grand Junction



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