Shawn, a subscriber and frequent commenter here at Clever Dude, as well as a personal friend of the Clever Dude and Dudette will posting occasional guest articles. You can read his introduction here.
I had hoped that my first guest post on this site would less controversial, but I felt I needed to start spreading the word about this issue. Many thanks to the Clever Dude for allowing me this forum for this purpose.
Tomorrow, 9/21, the US Senate is set to vote on H.R. 1585, the Defense Department authorization bill for fiscal year 2008. Buried in this defense appropriations bill is amendment SA 2919 — The Dream Act. Basically, this act provides the ability for children of illegal immigrants to attend public universities at in-state tuition rates. While this seems like a noble idea, this act extends to illegal immigrants a benefit not available to US Citizens and non-citizens here legally. Investor’s Business Daily has a good article about the act.
I’ve begun to email all US Senators about the issue. Here is a link to the list of US Senators (it contains links to their contact forums).
Here is the text of the email I’m sending to the senators:
I’ve recently learned that the Senate is considering the passage of the DREAM act which will give illegal immigrants the ability to attend public universities at at in-state tuition rates.
This act create a system where the illegal immigrants are now getting a benefit not extended to legal US citizens and non-citizens who have come here legally.
I believe if you are intent on passing this, then you should abolish the whole notion of in-state versus out-of-state tuition, thus making it fair for ALL (most importantly, the US Citizens who pay taxes to fund the universities).
If this passes, I would expect and encourage any US citizen subjected to out-of-state tuition to organize a class-action lawsuit to reclaim the difference between the out-of-state rates they’ve paid and the in-state rates offered to illegals.
Please do the right thing and either make this apply to everyone or kill the bill. It is your duty as a US Senator to protect the interests of US Citizens — not of people who blatantly break the laws of a sovereign nation.
I’d like to hear what the Clever Dude audience thinks of the legislation. Although my stance is fairly obvious, email your Senator and let them know YOUR stance, either for or against.