Wisconsin In-State Tuition For Some Undocumented Immigrants In Budget


The Wisconsin Joint Fiance Committee is listening, and as a state we can be proud of the action they took Friday afternoon regarding undocumented workers, and in-state tuition at state universities and colleges.

Back on March 22, I wrote the following.

Why should a bright and capable young person, who has successfully completed high school, and possesses the ability to attend a state university be denied that opportunity simply  because they came to Wisconsin from another country with their parents, having no ability as a child to make life decisions?  Why should anyone wish to force these capable young and keen minds into a permanent economic underclass that will be their fate unless they find the education to meet the requirements of the ever-changing economy?

Today the first step to addressing this issue was made in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Democrats on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee pushed through a measure Friday that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at state universities and colleges.

The plan was folded into the state budget the panel will soon forward to the full Legislature. A Republican effort to block the measure failed 4-12 along party lines.

Wisconsin high schools graduate 400 to 650 illegal immigrants annually, and they must pay out-of-state tuition if they enroll at University of Wisconsin System schools or state technical colleges.

The change would give illegal immigrants who live here the right to pay in-state tuition. Ten other states have similar laws.

“This gives children hope,” said Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

To get the benefit, students must have resided in Wisconsin for three years, graduate from Wisconsin high schools or earn equivalency degrees here and pledge to apply for permanent residency visas.

For all those who have chided the use of money to assist those who are not yet citizens in this country should recall what I wrote back in March.

Those who complain about social services being needed to meet the needs of the undocumented workers should applaud the proposal by Doyle.  To create a class of educated immigrants with the potential to be future business people, doctors, designers, and everything in between that will all add to the tax base through self-sufficiency should be applauded by everyone.

One thought on “Wisconsin In-State Tuition For Some Undocumented Immigrants In Budget

  1. PD

    There’s a very simple and indisputable answer to all this bleeding heart liberal BS. They are criminals. Deport them. End of argument.

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