Education Secretary Arne Duncan envisions illegal immigrants being officially allowed to attend college in the U.S. Presently it is against the law.
The DREAM Act would allow 55,000 children who came here illegally, or those born to illegal aliens, to attend college.
From this one might think our college campuses are devoid of illegal aliens.
Pedro Ramirez, illegal alien and student body president of Fresno State University, certainly stands out as evidence to the contrary.
Also, children born in the U.S. presently become U.S. citizens. How then can they be denied college admission on the basis of illegal alien status?
California has also just passed legislation allowing illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition rates in order to attend California colleges.
One problem with officially allowing illegal aliens to attend colleges is the nature of illegal immigrant migration.
Presently it is tentative. It is tentative in that if the U. S. were to actually enforce the immigration laws now on the books, illegal aliens would not be able to find work.
There would be none hired on the corner by homeowners looking for cheap laborers, in hotels, in restaurants, in construction, or on farms.
The result would be that since most would be unable to find the work which allows them to support themselves as well as to send money back to their home country, it would be disadvantageous to stay here. Many would leave.
This is presently what happens on a smaller scale whenever there is a sudden decline in the economy.
Elementary schools plan for attendance based upon the last year’s classes. When economic times worsen, unexpectedly students whose parents are here illegally just do not appear the first day of school. They have moved in with relatives elsewhere or have returned to their home country.
Then the schools have to shuffle or let go of teachers in order to adjust to the unexpected decline in enrollment.
A few months later, if times have improved, they may reappear and return to the school mid-semester. One never knows. Creating a budget to accommodate all of this transition becomes quite a task.
Another problem with DREAM is that getting accepted into college, especially for the average American student, has become much more difficult and competitive.
Not only have expenses risen exponentially, but because of a much larger population and a declining economy, when one considers conditions 20 years ago, the ratio of college classes available compared to the numbers applying for admission has declined.
Many U.S. students are suffering nightmares when it comes to applying for and being admitted to college.
Education Secretary Duncan is not helping.
We must settle illegal immigration policy and take care of our own student population first before throwing open the doors to our ivy-covered colleges to those whose countries fail to provide for their own.