Compare the issues with the Arizona law to the issue of ten states clearly violating federal law by providing tuition preferences to illegal aliens in state colleges and universities. This is happening in California, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska, Utah, Washington, and New Mexico. This is a clear violation of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). That act states:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amout, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.
One of the chief ways in which these 10 states defy this federal law is by offering illegal aliens in-state tuition, while demanding that out-of-state citizens and nationals pay the much higher out-of-state tuition. Where does the Obama gang of hoodlums stand on enforcing this immigration law violation by these ten states? They are very silent, except that the Democrats have made repeated failed attempts to overturn this provision of federal immigration law. The most recent attempt is the so-called DREAM Act.
Now, Senator Harry Reid has introduced the DREAM Act earlier this week as an attachment to the defense authorization bill. It will:
- Provide an estimated 2 million college age illegal aliens citizenship upon completing two years of college studies in the U.S.
- Provide citizenship to illegal aliens who have served in the U.S. military.
The following Republican Senators are in favor of the easy paths to a green card for illegal aliens under the Democrat DREAM Act:
John McCain, Arizona
Richard Lugar, Indiana
Bob Bennett, Utah, an IIRIRA violating state
Sam Brownback, Kansas, an IIRIRA violating state
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas, an IIRIRA violating state
Susan Collins, Maine
Olympia Snowe, Maine