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Their Dream, My Nightmare

“UndocuRutgers" - NJ state college holds admissions fair for illegal aliens

They can’t get federal aid, but they will get state scholarships? Our tax dollars at work, letting some beaners get degrees in Samoan LGBT Basket weaving, and Art History: The Impact of Krylon spray paint on spontaneous freelance urban building decoration. Wonderful.

Rutgers’ admission office scheduled the information session after receiving numerous requests from unauthorized immigrants asking how to apply to the state university. Many want to take advantage of a new law, the New Jersey Dream Act, signed by Gov. Chris Christie in 2013.

The new law allows unauthorized immigrants brought into the country as children — who call themselves “DREAMers” — to attend New Jersey’s public college at in-state tuition rates. Unauthorized immigrants were previously required to pay out-of-state rates, which were too costly for many families to afford.

Rutgers officials said they scheduled the three-hour “undocuRutgers” event with the goal of explaining to “undocumented” immigrants how to take advantage of the new paths to college.

“The other (goal) is to engage undocumented students and their parents, in particular, in a conversation so that we in the higher education community can better understand the challenges they face in pursuing opportunity through education,” Peter Englot, Rutgers-Newark’s senior vice chancellor for public affairs and chief of staff, said in a statement.

Demand to attend the event was unexpectedly high, campus officials said. The admissions office closed online registrations for the college fair earlier this week after receiving 220 requests, the capacity of the lecture hall.

University officials stationed police officers at the door and limited access to the building, Ackerson Hall, amid fears that protesters might disrupt the event. But police reported no problems.

Gee, I wonder. Do you think the government knows it’s doing something underhanded and wrong if they bring out the cops ahead of time? To dissuade right wing protesters at Rutgers, a bastion of leftiness? It’s not like somebody sneaky tipped off La Migra, who were waiting outside with their nets and pick up vans. Heck, for all I know they were tipped off, but damned if they want any part of that “capture and release” BS which is part of their job. Or “capture and deport”. That’s like working for a living! Who wants that crap? Share the DREAM!!

“I love it because it makes you feel comfortable,” said Rodriguez, 20, as fellow unauthorized immigrants and their families entered the event. “It’s always good to let people know you’re undocumented and you’re unafraid. We didn’t choose to be in our situations. But we have to embrace who we are.”

Yeah yeah yeah. You’re almost a victim, poor you. Here’s your card. Take your free cheese and move to the head of the line.

In addition to learning how to apply to the colleges, participants were given information about applying for the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, the new federal measure that grants temporary immigration waivers for young people living in the country illegally.
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As more unauthorized immigrants begin to attend college, student activists said their next goal is to change the law to free up federal and state money to help students pay for college and put them on equal financial footing with U.S.-born classmates.

Though Christie has said he is opposed to granting state federal financial aid to unauthorized immigrants, Tello said he is confident the New Jersey law will eventually be changed.

“I think it’s inevitable. The tide of social change is inevitable,” Tello said.

Ayy mami, such confusión!  OK, it appears that at this very second in time, there are no official scholarship dollars available from the state for illegal alien students. There is money from private sources. How much, or from whom, remains to be seen. Or not.

I guess these kids might as well go to college then, as long as it isn’t being paid for with my tax dollars. And if they’re living here in NJ, legally or not, then it makes reasonable sense that they pay the in-state tuition rate. Actually, I’m pretty sure the two tiered tuition cost model would fail in a court of law if anyone ever pushed it. Charging out of state kids double or triple? Not fair. Besides, those kids are actually cheaper in the long run, since none of them are absorbing a dime of state scholarship money.

Right. Finishing off my cup of tea and going back to bed to restart my own Dream Act. Act 2: the late night pre-dawn hours.


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