Sunday, March 08, 2009

Senator Joyce Elliott Again Files Bill Giving Instate Tuition to Illegal Aliens

The Arrogance of Senator Joyce Elliott in Defying Constitution on In-state Tuition for Illegal Aliens

Senator Joyce Elliott has filed another bill to give instate tuition to illegal aliens (SB799). When Joyce Elliott was a representative in 2005, she slipped a bill passed the House that gave scholarships and instate tuition to illegals. Federal law was brought to her attention that giving instate tuition was forbidden in federal law. Upon request by a Senator, Governor Beebe (then attorney general) ruled then and says now that instate tuition for illegal aliens conflicts with federal law. She still tried to get it through the Senate in 05 after all this, but the Senate voted it down by about 2 votes.

Even in California, "A three judge panel of the California Court of Appeals unanimously ruled Monday [written September 16. 08] that a California law intended to permit illegal aliens to attend public colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates is unconstitutional because it conflicts with federal law, and violates both the equal protection clause and privileges and immunity clause of the constitution.

Pat Reilly, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, reported May, 08. "[T]he only way foreign nationals can attend college in the United States legally is through the agency's International Student Exchange and Visitors Program. Illegal immigrants in the U.S. cannot qualify for that program, Reilly said." So it is illegal for illegal aliens to attend college at all - as anyone with common sense could surmise.

Yet Joyce Elliott is persisting again on passing this bill. I believe she deserves more emails and calls than any legislator I have known in the last several years. You can leave a message for her at the Capitol Switchboard at this number during the week. 501-682-2902 By the way, Senator Elliot received a zero from American Family Association on her voting record in 2005.

Please email ALL the other legislators immediately as well and tell them what you think of this bill.

Elliot's bill can be read at this link:

Senator Joyce Elliott (D)
P. O. Box 4248
Little Rock, AR 72214
District 33
House 2001, 2003, 2005, Senate 2009


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

If only more conservative champions had the grit to keep coming back again and again.

Even though I don't agree with their politics at all, I do admire the determination of Elliot and Lindsley Smith.

6:35 AM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger charles said...

when will she ever learn?? who she works for??
the arkansas cizen not somedamm illgals aliens.. it time toput her in her place

11:49 AM, April 01, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she did the right thing. When undocumented immigrants become educated, they lead the way in bringing their families out of poverty and becoming middle class tax payers. I've seen this first hand so many times. Upward mobility is by far the best way to keep the country solvent. Immigrant bashing is counterproductive. My hats off to Joyce!

6:02 PM, January 27, 2010  
Blogger charles said...

i say agains who...does she work for?? huh i got-nutting against hard working immigrant's, who comw here "legally"
if you wont tl come here and better your life , do it the right way go the nealst American embassy or consul, and file the necessary paperwork.. gotdamit hwo many timeS i got to say it don't jump the line and AS FO YOU THE EMPLOYEE STOP BREAKING THE LAW DAMMIT...sorry 4 shoutinbv cap key struck. there many other immigrant who came here legally and waited years To be come citizens, and they did it with-outline jumping.

10:02 PM, January 27, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to the other anonymous: I have no problem with them becoming educated either, but do it as a citizen. Get naturalized then go to college. Why instead of focusing on the illegals, doesn't she focus on those at/below the poverty level. That right there goes along with your idea of upward mobility. Help our citizens out first before doling out free education to another country's citizens.

6:20 AM, September 20, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no problem with them going to school here. We have lots of foreign students - whether they claim the us as home or not. What I DO have a problem with is her fighting to pass a state law that is in direct conflict with federal law. This law doesn't say they can't go to school! It simply says they will pay the same as anyone else from out of state. Period!

7:29 AM, October 12, 2010  

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