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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Aug. 18, 2007, in response to the Camera’s question: Should Colorado prevent children of illegal immigrants (but who are citizens themselves) from being granted in-state tuition?

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers’ ruling on Aug. 14 that children of illegal aliens may be eligible for in-state college tuition was the right thing to do. It gave a legal basis for standardized treatment at all state colleges and universities for Americans whose parents are illegal aliens. Before this ruling, one school would charge out-of-state tuition to Colorado resident students and American citizens because of their parents’ illegal-alien status, while another would not.

This move is about fairness for American citizens. American citizenship is granted to those individuals born in this country or who have gone through the process to gain citizenship. All make up “one nation under God” as the Pledge of Allegiance states. All deserve to be treated as citizens, nothing less.

Now, securing our borders and illegal immigration is another matter that needs to be addressed separately. Clearly, our country needs to secure its borders. It also needs to deport identified illegal aliens and/or give them a pathway to citizenship. I had high hopes that Congress would pass such legislation this year. Maybe it will succeed next year.

Since immigration issues are unresolved, I see no problem with State Sen. David Schultheis filing legislation next year that would change Colorado “domicile” or residency laws as a way to determine who is allowed to pay in-state tuition in Colorado. Besides rounding up illegal aliens at work sites or going after employers for hiring them, maybe we should take away a little magic at Emerald City so fewer will take the Yellow Brick Road.

*This title was not part of the original Camera publication.


Source: Daily Camera


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