Health, College: Americans Subsidizing Their Own Dispossession


In the illegal alien`s
wonderful world, the expensive things in life
are free. You pay for them.

Last week, in my VDARE.COM
Exclusive,

“Illegal Aliens: The Health Cost Dimension,”
I wrote
about the lunacy of our health care system. Illegally in
the U.S.? Go to the

head of the line
. The sky`s the limit!

Veteran of a

foreign war
? Sorry – have you thought about Kaiser?

After reading my column, an
uninsured widow paying her way through graduate school
wrote that she shelled out $2,000 for an emergency room
visit. The hospital wanted to admit her for further care
but, knowing she couldn`t afford the tab, she refused.

Another reader mailed me that his
insurance company was billed $60,000 for an appendectomy
and, on a separate visit, $12,000 for outpatient
treatment.

A hospital administrator, when
confronted with the exorbitant invoice, said, “We have
to charge you guys with good insurance because these
patients [nodding to a room full of

pregnant Mexican girls
] don`t pay anything.”

This week it`s free cash for
college! VDARE.COM readers who live in Southern
California may still have time to join Los Angeles Mayor

James Hahn
and Los Angeles Unified School District
officials during the February 1 and 2 “Free
Cash for College Day
” at 50 Los Angeles high schools.

The event is the second part of Hahn`s on-going
project, “Invest in People.” In November 2002, a task
force of 70 business and government leaders hosted a
three day seminar

“College and Career Convention”
to raise the
awareness of high-school students about the financial
benefits of a college education.

The cash that Hahn is so generous
with is not—to the best of my knowledge—folding green.
But it is honest-to-God money that you and I pay into

federal college scholarship programs
 and

Cal Grants
.

This weekend all over Los Angeles
volunteers will be helping high-school seniors and their
families fill out applications for financial aid. That
prospective college students need assistance in filling
out forms in

English or in Spanish
speaks volumes. But I`ll save
that editorial for another time.

Our concerns today are two-fold: who
qualifies for grants and scholarships today? And who
might qualify for them tomorrow?

Only U.S. citizens are eligible for
federal assistance and Cal Grants. Of course, those
citizens include “anchor babies
whose possibly illegal parents are born mainly in Mexico
and Central America.

The Los Angeles Times wrote
in its January 25th editorial

“College Aid Opens Doors,”
:

“With a
population fueled by immigration from poor regions of
Mexico and Central America where schools are scarce and
money scarcer, it
[Los Angeles] is the least
educated and poorest of any major U.S. urban area.”

But California Assembly Bill 540,
which passed last year and allows illegal aliens to pay
in-state tuition fees at California universities, has
opened the door for lobbyists who want Cal Grants
available for all high-school students—including illegal
aliens.

In a December 21st Los Angeles
Times
commentary column titled “Undocumented Student
Aid—Cal Grant Money Could Put College Within Their
Reach,” [pay
archive
] Occidental University President Theodore R.
Mitchell [email
him
] made his case:

“This is
a cost-effective investment in our future. But the sad
fact is that we deny this vital financial aid to
thousands of well-qualified students who, brought here
illegally by their parents as youngsters, remain
undocumented. The vast majority of

undocumented students
see themselves as
Californians.”

In his 500-word essay, Mitchell made
three glaring errors.

ERROR NUMBER ONE: Cal Grant scholarships for illegal
aliens would not necessarily be “cost-effective.” Last
year, California

funded
$10 billion for English language programs for
non-English speaking K-12 students. The practice of
spending billions annually on English language
development over the last three decades has buried the
state in debt and eroded the quality of the school system
beyond recognition.

ERROR NUMBER TWO:
 the students are most certainly not, on the whole,
“well-qualified.” The minimum scholastic requirement for
a Cal Grant is a “C” average. Words cannot express how
little a “C” level California high-school student knows.

ERROR NUMBER THREE:
“undocumented students” most definitely do not
“see themselves as Californians.”
They consider
themselves

Mexicans, Guatemalans or Pakistanis
who are in the
U.S. because their parents “want a better life.” But that
life rarely embraces American ways.

Regardless of how feeble Mitchell`s
arguments are, you can expect to hear them over and over
from other

university administrators
. More scholarship money
means higher enrollments!

And expect organizations like

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
to exercise

their influence
on the California legislature also.

As I wrote earlier, I receive a
considerable volume of e-mail. Last week, a critic hit me
with the velvet hammer when he called my opinions
“unattractive.”

And I suppose readers could be
forgiven for asking, “What kind of a guy wants to keep
young people mired in poverty when they dream of being
pilots, brain surgeons and ballerinas?

The answer: a guy who thirsts for
common sense.

Nothing is ever enough. Illegal
aliens and their advocates are always pushing…always
demanding… always nagging… always editorializing… always
whining… always hectoring… always cajoling….

American public officials always
give in. And American taxpayers end up subsidizing their
own dispossession.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.