Rick Perry Correct About College Tuition For Undocumented Immigrants


The last Republican presidential debate this past week was dreadful.    From booing an American solider to calling for the Education Department to be eliminated the debate  was nothing more than a ludicrous display from the right-wing.

But what has followed from those who love to kvetch on talk radio turns out to be just as bad as the debate itself.

Conservatives have been kicking Texas Governor Rick Perry for his answer about allowing eligible children of undocumented immigrants to be able to attend state colleges in Texas, and pay in-state tuition.

This blog has been a long-time champion of this concept. 

It is an idea that conservatives should embrace as it involves personal responsibility along with a desire to better one’s self and be less prone to needing government programs.  With a job comes the additional benefits of growing the economy and increased tax revenues for more military spending. 

Republicans should love this idea!

So what makes all this hard for conservative to understand?  Why are so many spending time this weekend kicking Perry for not being conservative enough?

I strongly suspect that Perry would echo the words I penned in June of this year.

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 in-state tuition rates 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?

I firmly belive that a rather large swath of the conservative element in this nation has an issue with ‘brown people’.

If these were Poles or Brits who had somehow landed in this nation and had skin that resembled that of Rush Limbaugh (just not as stretched out) there would be no lather about the words expressed by Perry. 

To his credit on this matter Rick Perry took the correct path, promoted a sensible and needed policy, and deserves to be praised.  I can find many reasons Perry should not be elected president, but his humanity and reasonableness about educating the children of undocumented immigrants clearly is not one of them.

2 thoughts on “Rick Perry Correct About College Tuition For Undocumented Immigrants

  1. CommonCents

    A desire to better one’s self and be less prone to needing government programs is admirable. And, as you state “with a job comes the additional benefits of growing the economy and increased tax revenues” and a college education helps to get a better job.
    Thus, as you state Republicans should love the idea of in-state tuition for undocumented children.

    However, you ask, “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 in-state tuition rates 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?” Because, as cruel and unfair as that might be to deny them an education, the policy could encourage more illegal immigration.

    You state, “If these were Poles or Brits who had somehow landed in this nation and had skin that resembled that of Rush Limbaugh (just not as stretched out) there would be no lather about the words expressed by Perry.” First, your statement ignores the fact that those Poles and Brits came here legally. And, although, as you state, “a rather large swath of the conservative element in this nation has an issue with ‘brown people’”, it is not just a matter of skin color. There has often been prejudice against the newest wave of immigrants, i.e. the Irish.

    Despite the prejudice that may be involved, there are good points on both sides of the debate. It is a difficult issue and I appreciate both the desire to provide these young adults with a good education and the concern that the policy contributes to the problem of illegal immigration.

  2. Patrick

    If we could step away from the petty charges of racism and feel good ideals which are the “heft” of lefty critical thinking, we might look at the situation in the following way: Illegal aliens from whatever country break U.S. immigration laws as they enter the country. By granting their children in-state tuition we are saying: “hey, your parents broke the law, so we’ll give you goods and services at a very enoumous discount.” It makes me wonder why liberals don’t want to offer similar discounts to those who commit other crimes. How about: “hey, your mother is a repeat drunk-driver, so we’re going to give you an enoumous discount on tuition, too.” Or, “Hey, your father is a tax cheat, so we’re going to offer you a very enormous discount on tuition, too.”

    Liberals, easily swayed from reason and tradition by a sad story or photograph, place illegal immigrants on some pedistal and attribute to them a nobility of spirit they do not attribute to ordinary Americans, or Wisconsites, who struggle to afford to send their children to the university which was chartered to serve exactly their children. In the liberal mind, the immigrant is “keen” and deserving in a quaint sort of way, but the kid who has struggled to earn good grades but, unfortunately, has parents who have followed all the rules, seems boring and unworthy of their compassion. (how can one demonstrate his or her moral superiority by valuing the common things everyone else values?) The result of this foolish and unethical moral pandering so common to the left is that those who pay taxes or tuition have to pay more and compete for fewer spots (unless you are a minority applying to Madison). Liberals, of course, love to see everyone except themselves pay for their largesse, and they are pleased by their own sense of goodness. They wonder why others are so “heartless.”

    Rick Perry should be ashamed of himself. It is unworthy of Texas to engage in such moral self-delusion.

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