Tuition Breaks For Illegals – Insults for 9/11 Families
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational
Fund is America`s
Great White Shark.
Like the Great White, the dead-eyed MALDEF moves
relentlessly forward. Whatever
gets in its way —9/11, the war on terrorism, the
budget crisis—is swallowed up whole. MALDEF and its
countless allies are always
focused on their mission:
California`s legislation, A.B. 540,
allows illegal alien students to pay the lower, resident
tuition rates at community colleges and schools in the
California State University and the University of
The savings to illegals are
substantial. At community colleges, a non-resident
student pays an average of $141 per unit, each semester.
But a resident pays only $11 per unit.
Closing California`s $35 billion
budget deficit is pretty tough with laws like A.B. 540.
Via television and radio ads and
with an 800-telephone number
posted on its website, MALDEF hopes to reach as many
as 12,000 prospective college students who may qualify
for the legal discount established in 2002. California
Assemblyman and Latino Caucus Chairman
Mario Firebaugh, a MALDEF champion, was responsible
for introducing A.B. 540.
The commercials will air, according
to MALDEF, in counties with large alien populations – in
other words, everywhere.
Maria Lucero Ortiz, MALDEF`s
director of outreach on higher education said,
making sure that no one is left behind getting the
educational opportunities they`re legally entitled to. We
know people know about the law but we want to iron out
confusion about the exact requirements.”
program promotes lower tuition for immigrants,” By
Jessie Mangaliman, Mercury News,
Feb. 24, 2003]
The “exact requirements” are few,
that`s for sure. To qualify for the lower fee, just
attend a California high school for three years. If you
don`t graduate, passing the G.E.D. or the high school
proficiency test will suffice.
And students “without immigration
status” must file an affidavit with the university
stating “that he or she has applied to legalize his or
her status or will do so as soon as he or she is eligible
to do so.”
Is that vague enough for you?
Last year, after MALDEF and the
muscled the constitutionally independent UC Regents
into adopting A.B. 540, Lieutenant Governor Cruz
Bustamante in a
CNN debate with Ward Connerly projected that only “about
200” students would benefit from the reduced fees.
Bustamante needs a math refresher
And, as with the
Matricula Consular card, California is setting
the national trend toward in-state tuition fees for
Illinois, with a budget deficit of
$5 billion, has asked state universities to cut 8% from
its 2003 expenditures. At the University of Illinois, for
example, that totals $58 million. Yet the legislature
voted 112-4 to lower tuition for illegal aliens.
Illinois` Democratic Governor
Rod R. Blagojevich, a notorious booster of illegals, must
not have visited his own
website lately. When I wrote this
A WEEK OR SO AGO [VDARE.COM note:
this is our fault for sitting on Joe`s copy!],
the first words posted were:
“We owe it to
the people of Illinois to closely monitor every aspect,
every expenditure of our government…”
And looking at
the Governor`s life story, one might wonder why
Blagojevich doesn`t take a page out of his own book when
evaluating the merits of in-state tuition for illegal
aliens. According to his
was a prisoner of war during World War II, coming to this
country penniless and unable to speak English. His father
later got a job at a Chicago steel plant, worked hard, and
together with Rod`s mother, saved for 15 years in order
to send Rod and his brother to college.”
Oklahoma is on
the tuition bandwagon, too. But its story has a
particularly ugly chapter.
State Regents for Higher Education supported
House Bill 1559 and Senate Bill 596 to provide
in-state tuition and/or state financial aide to
“qualified immigrants” who graduate from Oklahoma high
schools after at least two years of attendance.
Lance Cargill, who opposed the bill, asked
Peter Gadiel of the Coalition of 9/11 Families for a
Secure America to write a letter urging its defeat.
In his letter, Gadiel wrote that the inducements for
illegal immigrants are “an ocean in which terrorists
respecting the opinions of the 9/11 families by allowing
the letter to speak for itself, the bill`s author,
Kevin Calvey mocked the Coalition by waving to the
gallery filled with illegal aliens and demanding that
Cargill to point out which of them are terrorists.
No incident in
the post-9/11 era is as shameless and insulting as
informed Gadiel what happened when the letter was read,
Gadiel sent this message to Calvey (firstname.lastname@example.org):
“We just wanted to let you know that every one of the
signers of that letter lost a son, a daughter, a husband
or a wife on 9/11.
recognize dangers of illegal immigration and its
relationship to the terrorist attacks that killed our
loved ones, while you apparently either are incapable of
recognizing the dangers or do not care.
to tell you that we who have lost so much intend to make
sure that the constituents of every legislator who voted
for this bill are made aware of how their Representative
voted; how poorly they represent the 80% of the voters
who want real immigration reform now. We will make it our
business to defeat as many as possible of those who voted
for your bill. And we will start with you, as the author
of the bill and most especially as the person who, on the
floor of the House, mocked us and in so doing mocked our
lost loved ones.
9/11 attacks and the loss of our loved ones do not matter
to you. They mean everything to us.”
Gadiel, father of
James Gadiel, age 23, 103rd floor, North Tower, WTC
Bruce DeCell (NYPD ret`d)
Sekzer (NYPD Det.Sgt, ret`d) father of
Jason Sekzer, North Tower, WTC
Alice Kelly, mother of Joseph
Kelly, 105th floor, North Tower
Joan Molinaro, mother of Firefighter
Carl Molinaro, age 32
Diana Stewart, only wife of
Michael Stewart, North Tower, Carr Futures
Sally Regenhard, mother of Firefighter
subversive groups like MALDEF, 9/11 never happened.
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.