Should Illegal Immigrants Get a Break On College Tuition?

This article is being republished with permission of Chris Freind


By Chris Freind

“College is becoming a pipe dream for too many children, not because
they aren’t talented or willing to work hard, but because they can’t
afford it.”

That’s a true statement, as tuition costs have far outpaced
inflation. So the elected official who said this must have a clue,
right? Not a chance.

In an act that simply defies comprehension, State Representative Tony
Payton (D-179)  of Philadelphia has just unveiled a bill that “would allow
undocumented immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at any
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school, community college
or state-related university.” (This is similar to the proposed federal
law known as the DREAM Act).

Hey Tony, nice to stick it to all the law-abiding Pennsylvania
residents who want to attend college. And who says good constituent
service is hard to find?

Why the handout to those who least deserve it? Because, as Tony
explains, “undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial
aid, (so) college is often extremely expensive and simply out of reach
for many of these students.”

Oh, the tragedy.

Of course, there is something that apparently hasn’t occurred to Tony
as to why federal financial aid — political codespeak for American
taxpayer dollars — is not available to these folks. They’re ILLEGAL. As
in, they have broken the law to get here and are breaking the law being
here. Every single thing they do hurts American citizens and throws
our nation deeper into the red.

Yet not only are we supposed to feel guilty, but if Tony has his way,
we should compensate them for their plight by sacrificing our children —
so that theirs can have an education courtesy of the taxpayers.

Let’s set the record straight with facts — not rhetoric. Illegal
immigrants depress wages and take American jobs (and please, spare us
the tired argument that “they only take the jobs Americans don’t want” —
completely false). They cost taxpayers hundreds of billions (thousands
directly out of each American family’s pocket) through healthcare costs,
education expenditures (in Pennsylvania, every illegal in our public
schools costs $15,000 per year, and that’s not including the extra money
needed for additional teachers and classrooms), prison expenses, and
yes, government services.

In the case of higher education, as addressed in Payton’s bill, it’s
important to remember that just because we are talking about state
universities, space is not unlimited. So one of two things is true: with
illegals in attendance, the college will either 1) close its doors to
new applicants after a given class is filled, thereby denying the RIGHT
of a legitimate Pennsylvania resident to attend that school, or 2) once a
classroom hits capacity, the need to hire additional professors and
expand school facilities is triggered — both expensive propositions
borne by the forgotten taxpayer.

The only saving grace is that, with Republicans in control of
Harrisburg, Payton’s bill should have no shot at passage. But that’s not
the point. The real question is how such a bill could even be
considered in the first place, and how 11 other states already passed
similar legislation.

And quite frankly, this author doesn’t know what’s worse: the fact
that a bill was introduced that empowers people to break the law, or the
almost complete silence of Payton’s colleagues and the media on such a


When you cut right down to it, Tony Payton’s bill advocates the
commission of a crime, and there isn’t any way to spin that to the
contrary. (Federal law explicitly states that aiding an illegal
immigrant is a crime.) Among other things, it would aid and abet known
lawbreakers. Period. The fact that the feds do this on a regular basis,
along with states (such as issuing driver’s licenses to known illegals)
and municipalities just rubs salt in the wound. The government should
not be above the law.

But if this debate is to advance, it is important to focus on the
core issue. And that is not whether a wall should be built (or if it is
a racist barrier), or whether amnesty is a godsend (or a sell-out deal
to the pro-illegal immigration forces).

While these are important side discussions, the only relevant point
is that when individuals attempt to circumvent a law because they don’t
like it, the entire American system of justice — the very rule of law
that keeps us civilized — breaks down. Once elected officials start
picking and choosing what laws they will follow (setting the example for
their followers to do the same), we all take a hit.

There’s no getting around the fact that Payton’s legislation overtly
mocks the law. Under his bill, eligible students would have to attend a
public or nonpublic secondary school in Pennsylvania for at least three
years (an admission that we the people have already forked over at least
$50,000 in education costs), pay state income taxes for at least three
years prior to enrollment in college (how can you pay income taxes if
you are here illegally, and how can the state abdicate its
responsibility to apprehends these known lawbreakers), and provide an
affidavit to the institution of higher education that the student will
file an application to a become a permanent resident (giving a sworn
legal document to a state entity that attests that one is here
illegally, without fear of repercussion, is just insane).

Since the illegal immigration debate lends itself to easily getting
off track, here’s the bottom line: For those who believe illegals should
have rights, change the law to accommodate them — don’t break it.
Lobby for amnesty and fight to change the definition of “illegal
immigrant,” but do not cavalierly pick and choose what laws you want to
follow because you happen to disagree with some.

That’s what they do in places like Iraq. It is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

On behalf of Rep. Payton’s real constituents, shame on you, Tony.


Should Illegal Immigrants Get a Break On College Tuition?

Illegals Collect Benefits

Dot Hayer, our correspondent for Northeast Pennsylvania, reports that our Federales, as one suspects they will soon be calling themselves, forced the release of a Mexican man who had been living illegally in this country  for six years while apparently fraudulently collecting benefits.

Oswaldo Tlamis-Perez, 30, was stopped by Beaver Meadows Police Chief  Michael Morresi for speeding and showed him a Mexican registration card as identification along with two public benefit Access cards bearing different names. He also had $3,000 in cash.

The Access card is an electronic benefits transfer card now used in Pennsylvania in lieu of food stamps.

Tlamis-Perez was taken to the State Police barracks in Hazleton and agents of the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  were contacted. ICE determined Tlamis-Perez had been living in the U.S. illegally for six years then told Beaver Meadows to let him go as he was not “a priority case”.

So Chief Morresi cited him for speeding and driving without a license and dropped him off at the Luzerne County line. Beaver Meadows is in Carbon County.

State Rep. Tara Toohil (R-116) and Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11) are demanding answers from the Obama administration.

And the people of Luzerne County are likely thinking a moat filled with alligators would look pretty good on the border.

Illegals Collect Benefits

Illegals Collect Benefits

A Joke Of A Congress

The depth of the trough to which Democrat-led America has sunk has been revealed with Comedy Central star Steve Colbert being the plumb.

Colbert testified before the subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee  House of Representatives today in a satirical skit concerning immigration law at the invitation of subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren of California and with the  approval of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“This is America,” Colbert said. “I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”

With Colbert’s performance, Congress, and the law,  objectively became a post-modern joke.

On the same day and not that far away, Christopher Coates , who had been voting chief for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, spoke under oath before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights about how his bosses have been laughing at the law since Obama took office.

Coates backed up in detail claims by former Justice official J. Christian Adams that the Department has been purposely ignoring complaints by whites of voting discrimination.

Coates also corroborated claims that civil rights attorneys were pressured politically into dropping the case against the New Black Panther Party for an incident that happened on Election Day 2008 at a polling place at 1221 Fairmount St., Philadelphia.

Colbert will lead the news tomorrow which is understandable since freak shows and traffic accidents are hard to turn one’s eyes from, but as much as the dino-media and Obama might wish otherwise, the Justice Department bigotry is not going away and will, in fact, be discussed in ever-increasing tones as the weeks roll on.

Philly Hearts AZ

The scene at 9th and Passyunk at 6:14 p.m., July 14. Note the counter-demonstrators across the street.

Philadelphians flocked to 9th and Passyunk yesterday as Geno’s Steaks owner Joey Vento held a rally to support the state of Arizona in light of the lawsuit filed by the Obama Administration against its recently passed law that requires police check onthe immigration status of those they “stop, detain or arrest” if they should be unable to produce acceptableidentification i.e. a driver’s license. Now, this standard is the norm for just about every police agency in existence albeit some are purposely directed to ignore this for certain people.

Perhaps, if the Arizona law had been written by the New Black Panther Party, Obama would end its strange interference.

Regardless, polls show Pennsylvanians to be soundly behind the people of Arizona and a bill which would give Pennsylvania a similar law has been submitted in Harrisburg by State Rep.Daryl Metcalfe (R-12)

Metcalfe was among those participating in the rally as was Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Hazelton Maylor Lou Barletta, who is the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s 11th District congressional seat;  and former U.S. attorney Pat Meehan, who is the the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s 7th District congressional seat.

There was a contingent of counter-demonstrators which shouldn’t be surprising since every other business in the Italian Market seems to have signage in Spanish. Still, if one was really hungry for a steak, Pat’s across the street might have been a better choice since it appeared less crowded.

Pennsylvanians Are Right Wing Fanatics

A Rasmussen poll this month shows that by the definitions of some most Pennsylvanians are right-wing extremists.

In a poll of 500 likely voters, Rasmussen found that 53 percent supported an immigration law like the one recently passed in Arizona, 71 percent believed a police officer should check driver’s for immigration status during traffic stops and 61 percent supported the repeal of Obamacare.

Do Philly Police ID Those They Detain?

Philadelphia City Council, May 6, passed a non-binding resolution asking Mayor Michael Nutter to divest any business from Arizona and  to encourage area business to reconsider conventions there.

The resolution is non-binding and the vote was 14-3. It was introduced  by Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez and was in response to Arizona SB 1070 which neither Ms. Sanchez nor the 13 other council members who voted for the resolution apparently bothered to read

As pointed out by Philadelphia Daily News columnist extraordinaire Stu Bykofsky, the Philly resolution claims that the Arizona law “gives local police broad, unprecedented power to detain individuals
based on the vague grounds of suspicion that they are undocumented.”

Well, it doesn’t. It says that that police must check on a person’s immigration status — a driver’s license would suffice, btw, — during a “lawful contact”, which, btw, is being changed in HB 2162 to the even more restrictive “stop,
detain or arrest”
standard. Aren’t Philadelphia Police expected to ascertain the identify of people they “stop, detain or arrest?”

As a service to Philadelphia City Council the text to SB 1070 can be found here and the text to HB 2162 can be found here.

And it appears State Rep. Daryl
Metcalfe (R-12
) was very wise in binding the law enforcement authorities to check immigration status in the bill modeled on the Arizona law that he just introduced in Harrisburg.


Do Philly Police ID Those They Detain?


Do Philly Police ID Those They Detain?

Metcalfe Bill Requires Agencies Verify Lawful Presence

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) submitted a bill, May 5, that would give state and local in Pennsylvania powers akin to those held by Arizona authorities under that state’s recently passed law, and require that  “every agency or political subdivision of this Commonwealth shall verify the lawful presence in the United States of any natural person 18 years of age or older who has applied for Federal public benefits, State public benefits or local public benefits . . that are administered by an agency or a political subdivision of this Commonwealth” with some exceptions such as treatment of an emergency medical condition,  in-kind emergency disaster relief, immunizations and services such as soup kitchens and short-term shelter.

House Bill 2479, or the Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhood Act, prohibits any political subdivision from adopting policy restricting enforcement of Federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by Federal law — are you reading Mayor Nutter — requires every law enforcement officer, whether state or local , who “has lawfully stopped, detained or arrested, for a violation of a law of this Commonwealth or any political subdivision” and who  should be reasonably suspected of being unlawfully present in the United States” to make “a complete, full and appropriate attempt shall be made to verify the person’s immigration status with the Federal Government.”

Another provision of the bill makes it a state law to knowingly employ an alien and creates a complaint form allowing any person to report a suspected violation to the district attorney of the county in which the employer conducts business.

The bill also makes it illegal for an unauthorized alien to “apply for work, solicit work in a public place or perform work as an employee or independent contractor” in the state.

The bill also allows police to impound vehicles of those suspected of being illegal aliens or transporting illegal aliens.

Metcalfe Bill Requires Agencies Verify Lawful Presence

Metcalfe Bill Requires Agencies Verify Lawful Presence

Does An AZ Alien Law Loom For PA?

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12 ) said he will introduce tomorrow a bill that will give Pennsylvania police the same powers in dealing with illegal aliens that the controversial Arizona law has given state and local law enforcement in that state.

The Arizona law — State Bill 1070 if you are so inclined to look it up — does not, despite claims by certain prominent people, allow police to stop people and random and ask for identification.

It simply requires them to check on their immigration status if they are unable to produce acceptable identification i.e. a driver’s license during a lawful contact, which will soon be changed to an even more restrictive “stop, detain or arrest” standard.

Of course it does other things to such as make it a state felony to knowingly smuggle people for profit or to attempt to hire people for work from a highway.

If you don’t feel like looking it up here’s a link to a pdf of the AZ SB 1070 .

If Metcalfe really wanted to make liberals dance around like headless hens he should submit a bill based on Mexico’s immigration law.



Does An AZ Alien Law Loom For PA?


Does An AZ Alien Law Loom For PA?