With the recent political discourse on illegal immigrants, amnesty, in-state tuition, etc., let's have a real discussion based upon reality.
If a child was brought to this country illegally, yes, he could certainly attend any school here with no questions asked. It wouldn't matter if his parents actually left the country and left him here to live with someone else, he could still attend public school with no problem. Okaaaay.
If he were adopted by a legal citizen before he reached 16 years of age, he would attain US citizenship. If, however, he was not adopted and still lived here and went to public school until age 18, he could STILL qualify for in-state tuition at any public college/university--and scholarships, and potentially graduate with a degree. Really? How do you figure this one?
The challenge would occur, however, upon graduation when he tried to seek employment after graduation and couldn't obtain employment because he was NOT a US citizen. No legal status, so no documents required by US employers.
So in Texas, as it now stands, we have children of illegal immigrants--who are still illegal immigrants themselves--who can attend public school, paid for by taxpayer citizens, and then become eligible for public monies to attend public universities, potentially receive scholarships and obtain degrees, but then are UNABLE to work in this country because of their still illegal immigration status.
They have no hope of being able to obtain work unless perhaps they marry a US citizen and obtain a green card, or maybe enter the US military and are granted US citizenship after their military service.
In war time, "All immigrants who have served honorably on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces or as a member of the Selected Ready Reserve on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible to file for immediate citizenship under the special wartime provisions in Section 329 of the INA. This section also covers veterans of designated past wars and conflicts."
In peace time, an individual may qualify for naturalization (citizenship) if he or she has:
Served honorably for at least one year.
Obtained lawful permanent resident status. (how, by marrying a US citizen or finally, LEGALLY, going through the process which can take YEARS)
An application while still in the service or within six months of separation.
Honestly, I have a problem with this. I'm a taxpayer. I have children who won't qualify for scholarships because of their ethnicity, i.e., legal status, in some cases, in the US.
How is this fair?
Immigration is an added value in this country. If you go through the proper channels, you can be AWARDED US citizenship. If you, or your parents, circumvent the system, I honestly feel you shouldn't be AWARDED things that legal citizens of this country can't obtain.
I'm sure we're talking about some nice people but, good grief, at some point we're talking about people who have BROKEN THE LAWS of this country.
How much more do we have to take up the a$$, Rick Perry? This is not one of those areas you get to use to make you look like a nice guy to the rest of the US while we in Texas are paying for it to make you look good.
Jackass. Way to screw E.V.E.R.Y.B.O.D.Y.