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Bill would end tuition break for illegal immigrants

January 23, 2008


— The first of what is expected to be several bills aimed at illegal immigration was introduced Tuesday.

This one, by state Sen. Peggy Palmer, R-Augusta, would prohibit the employment of undocumented workers, and repeal a law that allows in-state tuition for some undocumented students.

"It's tough, but fair and humane," Palmer said in describing Senate Bill 458.

The bill would repeal the 2004 law that allows the children of some illegal immigrants to pay the same lower tuition rates as legal Kansans at state universities, community colleges and vocational schools. Under the law, the student must have lived in Kansas at least three years, graduated from a Kansas high school, and seek or promise to seek legal status.

In Kansas, 243 students are receiving the in-state tuition under the law, according to the Kansas Board of Regents. Most of those - 193 - are attending community colleges; 46 are at state universities, including 11 at Kansas University; three are at technical schools, and one is at a technical college.

State Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita, is expected to introduce anti-illegal immigration legislation in the House.


kansanjayhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Why were they granted in the first place???

TomShuford 10 years, 3 months ago

Giving lower in-state tuition rates is not a good idea. Commendations to Representative Landwehr for trying to get Kansas out of a box. See letter I published in the Charlotte Observer on the related issue of admittance to community colleges:

Entering N.C. colleges just first step for illegals Letter, Charlotte Observer December 15, 2007

Admitting illegal immigrants to community colleges would ratchet up pressure to take the next logical step: putting these students on a path to citizenship. On reaching age 21, they could then petition for legal status for their illegal alien parents.

Legalization of students not only would ultimately reward the parents for their illegal behavior, but also would put into motion chain migration of extended family -- thanks to the "family reunification" provisions of the 1965 Immigration Act.

Many educated foreigners are waiting patiently for permission to migrate to the United States. Who deserves our favor -- those who respect American law or those who have demonstrated contempt for it?

Tom Shuford Lenoir

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