From the Queens Courier, by the president of Queensborough Community College:
It is time to speak out for the thousands of undocumented immigrants who are intimidated and abused. As the president of Queensborough Community College, one of the units of the City University of New York (CUNY), and as a New Yorker, I am proud that our state is one of 10 that provides in-state tuition rates for undocumented immigrants.
Specifically those who have resided in the state for three years, graduated from a state high school, received notification of acceptance to a public college or university and signed an affidavit stating they will file for legal immigration status.
This is a natural extension of the Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) that states that undocumented children have the same right to a free public education as U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Why should we subsidize the college educations of people who are here illegally? I thought the whole argument for looking the other way on illegal aliens is because they do jobs that Americans won't. So why would we now encourage them to take the jobs of legal U.S. Citizens who go to college? Oh, and we're giving them free legal advice, too, thanks to $160,000 taxpayer dollars allocated by Councilmen Comrie & Gennaro.