Illegal means against the law in this country and one of the biggest issues we face as a nation and in the state of Missouri is the illegal alien population. From The Heritage Foundation, "On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Secretary Napolitano went on CNN's "State of the Union and proclaimed that crossing the border illegally is not a crime. This statement left a lot of folks scratching their heads given that U.S. law—the law Napolitano is sworn to uphold—says quite the opposite. Section 8, Title 1325 of the U.S. code clearly states that those who enter the U.S. illegally are committing a crime."
SB 331, also know as the DREAM Act, provides that certain aliens will receive in-state tuition at college and universities that meet certain requirements.
This act requires any higher education institution that receives state funding to provide in-state tuition to any individual who meets the following conditions: the individual resided with his or her parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Missouri; the individual graduated from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Missouri; the individual attended school in Missouri for at least two years as of the date the individual graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma; the individual entered the United States prior to the enactment of this act; in the case of an individual who is not a United States citizen or permanent resident, the individual must provide the higher education institution with an affidavit stating that he or she will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity. This act has an effective date of July 1, 2009.At the "earliest opportunity?" Shouldn't that be the individual's responsibility to even qualify for ANY of our benefits?
An article from Yahoo News (4/8/09) explains the impact this bill would have on Missouri. The base of the article was about Claire McCaskill's sudden reversal on her stand opposing amnesty for illegal aliens.
"Sen. Claire McCaskill, who has long sided with law-abiding citizens and immigrants and opposed amnesty for illegal aliens, announced at a town hall meeting Tuesday that she would likely support the DREAM Act amnesty. McCaskill's support for the DREAM Act represents a 180-degree reversal of her position, and a significant blow to hard-working Missouri families who are struggling to get their own kids through college.
The DREAM Act is a broad amnesty measure disguised as an educational initiative that would allow millions of illegal aliens who meet a very loose definition of "student" to qualify for green cards. In addition, it provides in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens that will displace legal residents competing for a fixed number of college admission slots and taxpayer subsidies.
Passage of the DREAM Act would:
- Reward parents who violated immigration laws through their
children, and provide a powerful incentive for more
- Transfer seats and tuition subsidies to illegal aliens at
a time when state higher education budgets are being
slashed, admissions curtailed, and tuitions increased.
- By broadly defining "student" it gives amnesty to large
numbers of illegal aliens who may be pursing any sort
- Accelerate chain migration and exponential population
growth because illegal aliens who are granted green cards
will be able to petition the government to grant their
parents and relatives legal status too.
"Sen. McCaskill's reversal on the DREAM Act comes amidst growing pressure from illegal alien advocates, congressional leaders, and the White House to enact some form of amnesty for illegal aliens," noted Dan Stein, president of the (FAIR). "Unfortunately, in reversing her principled stand against amnesty, Sen. McCaskill is succumbing to special interest pressure and ignoring the interests and concerns of hard-working, law-abiding Missourians in order to reward illegal aliens.
"As the state wrestles with a projected $342 million budget gap for the remainder of this fiscal year, the passage of the DREAM Act amnesty would impose additional burdens on all Missourians," Stein continued. "With the prospect of even greater budget shortfalls, and severe cuts in state services - including higher education - the DREAM Act would require Missouri and every other state to provide huge tuition subsidies for illegal aliens and allow illegal aliens to compete with law-abiding citizens and legal immigrants for seats at public colleges and universities."
The Missouri legislature, with broad public support, has enacted legislation to limit illegal aliens' access to state benefits and services. "People in Missouri, like Americans all across the country, have made it very clear that they reject the idea of amnesty for illegal aliens. While the DREAM Act would reward illegal aliens through their children, it would crush the hopes and dreams of countless Missouri families trying to provide opportunities to their own children," concluded Stein."Senator Kit Bond states his stand on illegal immigration:
"Millions of legal immigrants have made this Nation great, and more can be allowed to enter this country in a legal and orderly manner. I support legal immigration, but I will oppose efforts to reward illegal immigration, especially with a path to citizenship.
Priority one is increasing border security and strengthening enforcement against illegal immigration. I have supported cutting off the flow of illegal immigration with more border barriers, detention facilities and enforcement agents; and we can do more.
I do not support rewarding those who broke the law to get here or stay here, especially with a path to citizenship. Those who broke our laws and flaunted our rules do not deserve the ultimate gift of U.S. citizenship. That is at the heart of amnesty and I oppose it."
It's time to write our Senators. Let Senator Bond know that we agree with his opposition to amnesty for illegal aliens and to continue to be our voice of opposition. And we need to let Senator McCaskill know that her reversal of her original position is unacceptable to the people of Missouri.
Senator Clair McCaskill: http://mccaskill.senate.gov/contact/
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