Today, as I watched Fox News, I was pleasantly surprised to see our own Texas State Representative, Debbie Riddle from Houston, being interviewed. It is always good for our conservative officeholders to get some national press coverage. What, pray tell, was the subject of the interview? You guessed it: illegal aliens.
Representative Riddle is backing legislation that would require illegal alien students to pay out-of-state tuition rates. Evidently, they have been getting the lower in-state tuition rates. Never mind that they are illegal. Forget the fact that they have broken the law to be here. If they prove that they have successfully evaded legal authorities for at least two years, they are eligible for low in-state tuition rates.
It seems that a foreign student who attends the University of Texas is upset. Prior to his acceptance into UT, this student followed the rules, jumped through all the required hoops, and endured background checks. Nevertheless, he is required to pay out-of-state tuition rates, and he has other restrictions regarding work privileges, etc. For students who are not residents of Texas, tuition can be as much as three times as expensive as it is for Texas students. This foreign student believes that granting special privileges to illegal residents is unfair. Representative Riddle agrees.
Also, if you are a legal citizen of the United States, but you are from another state besides Texas, you will pay up to three times the cost for tuition that an illegal alien student pays.
I’m not one to encourage lawsuits, but isn’t there a lawyer out there somewhere who could make quite a case that American students are being penalized while illegal students are being granted special status? If I were on that jury, I can tell you, it would be a slam-dunk verdict for the Plaintiffs.
As a legal resident of Texas, I am appalled that we are rewarding those who break the law and punishing those who follow the rules. What kind of lesson are we teaching our college students? Crime should not pay.