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Thread: Virginia Attorney General directs institutions to report undocumented students

  1. #1
    Guest
    Latino and immigrant-rights organizations criticized the Virginia
    attorney
    general today for issuing a directive that warns the state's public
    colleges not to enroll undocumented immigrants Â* and to report those on
    campus to federal authorities.

    Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore issued the memorandum to state higher
    education officials in September, citing concerns that illegal
    immigrants
    could be taking seats at state colleges that would otherwise go to U.S.
    citizens.

    But it wasn't until today that Latino and immigrant advocacy groups
    called
    attention to it, holding a press conference to complain that Kilgore's
    actions go beyond any federal or state law. The memo, they said, asks
    educators to act as police, potentially violating confidentiality
    policies.

    Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Kilgore, defended the ruling, saying
    "this is
    about differentiating between those who obey the law and those who
    willfully break it."

    The dispute is part of a larger national debate over whether to extend
    public benefits to the children of illegal immigrants.

    In recent years, a few states Â* including New York, California and
    Texas Â*
    have moved in the other direction, not only allowing undocumented
    students
    to enroll in public colleges but also granting them in-state tuition.
    And a
    bill introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would encourage other
    states
    to do the same.

    Advocates for such measures say states should encourage children of
    illegal
    immigrants to become productive members of society. "They've gone to
    high
    school here, they're hard-working and high-achieving. We say in this
    country that if you work hard you should be able to achieve the
    American
    Dream," said Tisha Tallman, regional counsel for the Mexican American
    Legal
    Defense and Educational Fund, which organized today's press conference.

    Immigrant-rights activists estimate that about 50,000 illegal
    immigrants
    graduate from U.S. high schools every year. It is unclear, though, how
    many
    go on to college. Most college applications ask students if they are
    legal
    residents, but the institutions are rarely able to do background checks
    of
    their own.

  2. #2
    Guest
    Latino and immigrant-rights organizations criticized the Virginia
    attorney
    general today for issuing a directive that warns the state's public
    colleges not to enroll undocumented immigrants Â* and to report those on
    campus to federal authorities.

    Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore issued the memorandum to state higher
    education officials in September, citing concerns that illegal
    immigrants
    could be taking seats at state colleges that would otherwise go to U.S.
    citizens.

    But it wasn't until today that Latino and immigrant advocacy groups
    called
    attention to it, holding a press conference to complain that Kilgore's
    actions go beyond any federal or state law. The memo, they said, asks
    educators to act as police, potentially violating confidentiality
    policies.

    Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Kilgore, defended the ruling, saying
    "this is
    about differentiating between those who obey the law and those who
    willfully break it."

    The dispute is part of a larger national debate over whether to extend
    public benefits to the children of illegal immigrants.

    In recent years, a few states Â* including New York, California and
    Texas Â*
    have moved in the other direction, not only allowing undocumented
    students
    to enroll in public colleges but also granting them in-state tuition.
    And a
    bill introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) would encourage other
    states
    to do the same.

    Advocates for such measures say states should encourage children of
    illegal
    immigrants to become productive members of society. "They've gone to
    high
    school here, they're hard-working and high-achieving. We say in this
    country that if you work hard you should be able to achieve the
    American
    Dream," said Tisha Tallman, regional counsel for the Mexican American
    Legal
    Defense and Educational Fund, which organized today's press conference.

    Immigrant-rights activists estimate that about 50,000 illegal
    immigrants
    graduate from U.S. high schools every year. It is unclear, though, how
    many
    go on to college. Most college applications ask students if they are
    legal
    residents, but the institutions are rarely able to do background checks
    of
    their own.

  3. #3
    Guest
    yes students in all states should be allowed to attend colleges. There are many who are ab;e to pay the tuition without any help, they are intelligent and should be allowed to attend. I know of a 17 year old who lived here since he was 3 yrs old, his parents were denied residents. He is very intelligent, and even volunteer in his community. His parents are paying for his tuition. however he needs hope.

  4. #4
    Guest
    To Leraph, The first line of the original post is the kind of thing that is really starting to piss off American citizens. "Latino and Immigrant Rights groups are "critizeing the Attorney General " because blah blah blah. EXCUSE ME!!! Who the hell do they think they are to be critizeing the A. G. for doing the job that Americans pay him to do. Inforcing immigration laws that until recently you people thought you could break with impunity.We DO NOT owe the children of illegal immigrants one damn thing. They should be lucky they got away with having the kid in highschool. We are SICK to death of you people bleeding us dry for every thing you can get. Education, free medical care , food stamps and on and on. Well the party's over. We are gonna find you and throw you out. So start packing.

  5. #5
    Guest
    To Briton ..What we don't care for are 'ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS' We want them "OUT OF THE COUNTRY"Understand now???

  6. #6
    Guest
    I'll tell you what it has to do with - and up yours, buddy, I'm not nasty, lazy or dumb - I don't want my tax dollars going to pay the tuition of people who aren't supposed to be here -if anyone's tuition gets paid, it should be USCs and the children of LEGAL residents first. What stops our children from going to college is the high tuition, and political action groups representing the rights of people without legal rights here forcing our children out of the way so these illegals can get a free or almost free education. Illegals are not the root of all our problems, but their presence causes a lot of them. A word of advice, slick - clean up your language - who will take you seriously if you swear like that? You neither intimidate nor impress me, and I think you're way off base...except your points about the presidents - I've got to admit that they caused us all a lot of problems.

  7. #7
    Guest
    Sorry, I am/was angry, and I will clean up my language. Thank you.

  8. #8
    Guest
    No sweat - my whole family is career military, and I've heard it all before! I understand the anger this issue causes on all sides - it's very frustrating and the problems are far-reaching. I didn't mean to be so evil, either. I bet we might actually agree on a lot of things when you get down to it. I'm sorry for snapping - hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  9. #9
    Guest
    Get with the program. when an undocument person enroll in the college , there is no grant or break in the fees are offered. thats the fect. they pay the entire fees because they are not qualify for any help.. where is your tax $$$ goes..? if you pay taxes.. I wonder?

  10. #10
    Guest
    Sorry pass but you've got your facts wrong. Some states do give illegal students a tuition break.

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