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Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a College Education? MomTalk Q&A

Gov. Quinn signed the DREAM Act to help pay education costs for documented and undocumented immigrants, alike, and give illegal immigrant students some protection against deportation.

Gov. Pat Quinn recently signed the Illinois DREAM Act, which supports a privately funded account to help children of legal and illegal immigrants finance college educations. The fund will rely entirely on private donation and not Illinois tax dollars.

While the bill will not be a way for illegals to gain citizenship, it will provide some protection against deportation. Additionally, school officials will be encouraged to become well versed in educational and financial opportunities for these children. The state's two college tuition savings programs will also become available to those families with either a social security or state identification number.

To qualify for a private college scholarship, students must have one immigrant parent, attend an Illinois high school for at least three years and receive a diploma.

Let's consider undocumented parents who may not be contributing to the tax roll and are pursuing the American dream. Should their status entitle their children to anything, particularly when the average American family is rubbing two sticks together to make ends meet and knowing that they're not going to be able to pay for their child's college education?

A group of legal immigrant students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) doesn't think so. These Anti-DREAM Act activists are collecting signatures from students and faculty opposed to tuition aid for illegal immigrants. They are hoping for a proposition on the 2012 Illinois ballot.

Is it right to enact a law to provide college educations for children of families who are here illegally?

Sue1 October 13, 2011 at 01:04 AM
I don't know what you mean when you say those that are here illegally should be given the chance to obtain legal status. How would you do this? There are those that are sitting in their native countries trying to do things the right way. You wouldn't have someone that is here illegally jump in front of them just because they are already here would you? I don't mean to be argumentative, just asking. There really isn't a good solution, I don't think.
Sue1 October 13, 2011 at 01:23 AM
For something to be considered illegal, there has to be a law declaring it so. I don't believe at the time the "white man" set foot here there were any such laws. Someone feel free to cite a document if you know of one. Yes, I am going to support the student that is a citizen but barely graduated from high school. It is widely known that kids from lower economic backgrounds don't perform as well as middle to upper class kids in school. You can also find information about the lives that some of these kids live; they may have been born with a substance in their system, they come from single parent homes, abuse, etc. Hard to concentrate in school when your belly is empty. This isn't the fault of these children. There have been plenty of people that were less than stellar students that went on to college to change their lives around. Who is going to decide who is "DESERVING" to go to school?
Sue1 October 13, 2011 at 01:26 AM
Agree!
P Roberts October 14, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Just when did the illegals get so "got to have it" about college? Is there even one school of higher learning in Mexico, so they can stay home and feed and educate these wonderful illegal children? These folks do nothing for themselves, yet want to be first in line for any goodie that goes with good parents, and jobs that pay money. They've had a very long time to play catch-up with the hated Americans, and can't seem to figure it all out.
HngCln October 15, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Illegals are potential future Dem voters. Quinn is no fool. A political elite who never will have to suffer and live around these folk, yes. Funny how illegals from Mexico b**** and moan about our laws. One should study how Mexico treats illegals from Central America. Maybe Calderone from Mexico should shut up and mind his own business when it come to our immingration laws and hang his head on how his country treats foreigners from all countries, legal or illegal.

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