Sunday, November 22, 2009

What Jeff Jacoby has forgotten: We’re broke!

Jeff Jacoby has penned an opinion piece in the Boston Globe arguing that conservatives are wrong to want to deny the children of illegal aliens instate tuition rates. He argues that conservatives should be against the flawed immigration policy and not the illegal immigrants themselves.

Jeff Jacoby:
YOU’RE A sensible, principled conservative. You want America to be a land of boundless opportunity and freedom, where people are treated as individuals and judged on their merits. You reject the divisive identity politics of the left - what matters most about any of us, you would insist, is not race or class or ethnic origins: it is personal character and achievement. There are few things about contemporary politics you deplore more than the demonizing or scapegoating of entire groups (“white males,’’ “the rich,’’ “the Christian right,’’ “gun owners’’), as though every member of the group is interchangeable and indistinguishable, wholly defined by a single disparaging label.

But let someone mention “illegal immigrants,’’ and your principles fly out the window.

So when Governor Deval Patrick recommends allowing young illegal immigrants - residents of Massachusetts who have graduated from high school - to attend a public college and pay in-state tuition, you flip out. This is outrageous, you protest. It rewards people who broke the rules. It’s unfair to the taxpayers who subsidize public higher education. Why should an illegal immigrant get a valuable tuition break that Massachusetts wouldn’t give to a kid from Maine or New Hampshire?

You vigorously agree with Charlie Baker, a Republican candidate for governor. “If you’re illegally here, you’re illegally here,’’ Baker said last week. “The notion that we should treat illegal immigrants with the same benefits and opportunities that legal immigrants and legal citizens have doesn’t make any sense to me.’’

What Jeff Jacoby (like so many in Washington) has forgotten is that America is $12 trillion dollars in the hole. Half of every dollar we spend is borrowed money. Money that must be paid back by a generation that is too young to vote their objections or accept the responsibility.

 Sure it would be nice not to punish the children of illegal immigrants for the parents’ lawbreaking. However the stark reality is that for us to be generous the way Jacoby suggests, requires us to be cruel to our very own children by robbing their futures to pay for our current mistakes.

So rather than consider ourselves cruel for forcing the children of illegal immigrants to pay higher out of state tuition, we should accept the hard cold reality that we have created a situation where we desperately need their money.

Via: Memeorandum
Via: The Boston Globe


Velcro said...

Side note: Many cannot, or choose not to speak English well enough. So we set up English as a Second Language (ESL) centers on campus, which must be staffed etc., which raises the cost further. Curriculum requirements are watered down until diplomas come on perforated rolls. All of which is a slap in the face to those do did it right.

Anonymous said...

I want to get an engineering degree. I got it, I'll just sneak into Mexico and let them give it to me free. And all if it in English, not Spanish no less. What? They'll throw my a$$ in jail. How inhumane and racist of them.

Anonymous said...

From the article:

"...why stop with in-state tuition? Why not bar them from driving on state highways? From camping in state parks? From using libraries?"

Why not indeed? And, while we're at it, why not, you know, bar them from the country altogether. I think there used to be a word for that. . .what could it be. . . I know, deportation! That's it!

Seriously, when someone applies for student aid, a driver's licence, a camping permit for a State park, or even for a library card, and it turns out he is an illegal alien, why is he not turned over immediately to the INS for deportation? Forget whether he should get the benefit or privilege in question, why is he not simply arrested, held for a hearing, and if determined to be here illegally, deported?

moon816 said...

As an immigrant (as you can tell my English isn't that good yet) I want those illegal immigrants to be deported! it took me 2 years just to get a visa and waited another 2 years to get my permanent residency status.Its hard work but its all worth it.
so for me this doesn't make sense! We, who actually followed and respected the law of your country will have the same benefits as those illegal immigrant. IT'S UNFAIR!!

Osumashi Kinyobe said...

If illegal immigrants can get the same privileges as citizens, can Canadians run for president? Will Mr. Jacoby be alright with that?
How many citizens and new citizens jump through hoops throughout their lives? It's only fair that illegal immigrants not be given things on a silver platter.

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