September 23, 2011

Defending Rick

I am not Ricky's biggest fan.  I do think that, out of the current field of candidates, he has the best shot at taking out Blowie next fall.

I find it odd to be in this position of defending the guy, but it seems, this morning, that even the more 'fair and balanced' news sources have joined in the gang bang of Governor Goodhair.  I don't think it excessive to expect a little journalistic integrity, a little background research, when penning articles about inflammatory subjects, like immigration.

The news outlets are all running with headlines about Perry's stance on providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants.  Ricky should talk less about the compassion part of the argument and more about the standards required to qualify for the in-state tuition rate.

First, we are talking about the TUITION RATE.  Did you hear that, all you wankers screaming about Perry giving illegals a free college education?  This isn't a free ride, it is a pricing scale.  I don't personally agree with it, but that shouldn't cloud the truth. 

Children of illegal immigrants don't just show up and get the in-state tuition rate.  They have to apply and get accepted to college, just like everyone else.  Once accepted, there are several qualifying factors before the rate is granted.

These students must have lived in Texas for at least three years as of the date of high school graduation.  They must be a resident of Texas for at least 12 months preceding enrollment in college.  They must graduate from a Texas high school, or receive their GED in the state.  They can't swim across and go straight to college the next month.

They are required to apply for permanent resident status.

Let's not overlook the fact that all this paperwork, residency requirements and affidavit filing provide a heck of a paper trail to where the illegal immigrant parents can be found.

For all those worried that little Jose is displacing little Johnny at UT, it is an interesting note that 'non-citizen' enrollment accounts for only 1%. of the student population in Texas.  About 70% of those that qualify under this program are attending community colleges.  I say 'non-citizen' because the law applies not only to illegal immigrants, but to non-immigrant, visa holding international students, children of ambassadors and diplomats residing in Texas and their employees.

I don't support this program.  I really, really, hate that our state and the various colleges have awarded over $30 million in financial aid to people that attend college under this program.  Regardless of my opinion, facts are paramount to the discussion, yet something that the media has been short on.

2 comments:

Paul said...

Good points because Perry confused the fuck out of me. And, like you said, the media has chosen to overlook this. I'll take Texas' program over ours any day. Here in Washington, it doesn't matter. If you're illegal, you get in-state tuition. Doesn't matter where you lived. So young Johnny, an American citizen who grew up in Idaho, has to pay out-of-state tuition at UW but Jose, who swam across to Brownsville and then rode a bus to Seattle automatically qualifies for in-state tuition. Unfuckingbelievable.

CenTexTim said...

Typical media thought process: "My mind is already made up. Don't confuse me with the facts."