According to a wire service story in the Montgomery Advertiser
`s board of education has voted, 4 - 0, to exclude illegal aliens from attending the state`s two-year colleges, starting with the spring 2009 semester [New policy denying illegal immigrants admission to Alabama`s two-year colleges
, September 25, 2008 (probably a short-lived link)]
Note that this wasn`t a decision about whether or not to let illegal aliens attend at in-state tuition rates. Instead, it keeps them out of publicly-funded community colleges, period.
It seems like that vote was resounding, but there was one abstention, and four board members were absent, including Bob Riley, Alabama`s weasel of a Republican governor. So it`s conceivable that this excellent vote could be undone by the unheard-from five. Alabama readers should, please, keep their antennae and guards up.
(Riley earned his weasel-credentials from his chicanery regarding Alabama driver`s license exams in languages other than English. Go here
and scroll down to "Court sets date for Alabama driver`s license case arguments.")
An earlier Advertiser article
[cached link], from before the vote, reported:
Two-year chancellor Bradley Byrne said [the proposed measure to exclude illegal alliens] comes while the system is reviewing all of its policies and he doesnâ€™t believe enrollment of illegal immigrants is a big problem among the colleges.Opponents say the policy is unnecessary and board members should discuss it more before casting their votes.
Why would the nameless "opponents" object to instituting a solution for a non-existent problem? Why would having such a measure in place concern them?
The answer, presumably, is that the opponents anticipated large growth in the numbers of illegal-alien students. And, of course, once it got to that stage, they would argue that it`s "too disruptive" to expel all those students — their attendance would be a fait accompli
Alabama is wise to forestall being held over a barrel in that manner.