Thursday, March 26, 2009

Elliott's illegal bill/ Cal. Paying Back 7 Yrs of Out-of-state tution

"Eleven other states have passed laws similar to Senate Bill 799 without being penalized, Elliott said. Texas has had such a law since 2001, she said. If there were legal consequences to this legislation, it would have surfaced by now, she said."

Elliott did not note that California is being penalized. They passed their law in 2001. They got away with it until 2008. Now according to Reuter's press release, by court order California is having to reimburse every US student who paid out of state tuition. They passed the law in 2001 and the court decision came down in 2008 so it appears that they will be paying back out-of-state tuition for a seven-year period.

Is this the chance Arkansas wants to take. And does anyone doubt that honest Elliott was aware of the California court decision when she said other states had not been penalized?

Senator Elliott touts the fact that 10 states have passed similar laws to allow undocumented students to pay instate tuition. That means 40 states have had more sense than to do so. Numerous other states have had similar laws introduced that failed.

Why would Arkansas, almost the poorest state in the nation which is number one or two in the growth of illegal aliens want to take such a risk?

Surely no one doubts that this will become a court case immediately after it is passed. California court case in 2008 has set a precedent that will be followed in other court cases.

"Utah is not the only state to pass legislation that allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. In 2001, Texas became the first state to pass legislation granting in-state tuition to undocumented students; California followed later that year. In total, ten states grant in-state tuition to undocumented students; they include: California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington (NCSL 2006). Other states have considered similar legislation, but have failed to pass it."


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