Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Undocumented Students

Interesting article about students without permanent status and the Dream Act:

Marisol Conde-Hernandez had big ambitions after graduating at the top of her class at South Brunswick High School in New Jersey.

She wants to attend Princeton University and she'd eventually like to earn a master's degree in sociology.

But Conde-Hernandez, 19, is in the United States illegally, even though she's spent most of her life in New Jersey. She stands little chance of realizing her goals unless Congress changes immigration law.

"That's the only real chance I have," she said.


Blogger Thomas said...

This is what Kris Kobach (formerly of the Justice Department) wrote in last Friday's New York Post on the Dream Act...

Your thoughts?
The second nasty surprise? Just before the committee approved the bill on the evening of March 27, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) offered the "DREAM Act" as an amendment. It passed on a voice vote.

The DREAM Act is a nightmare. It repeals a 1996 law that prohibits state universities from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. The principle, of course, is that no illegal alien should be entitled to receive a taxpayer-subsidized benefit that out-of-state U.S. citizens can't get. But the committee's bill allows illegals to be treated better than those U.S. citizens on tuition.

The bill also gives an amnesty to the nine states (including New York) that have been flouting the '96 law, two of which (California and Kansas) are now facing lawsuits (I'm a counsel to the plaintiffs in both cases).

4/12/2006 11:39 AM  

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