While much of the country is trying to figure out how to fix the immigration crisis, Fresno State is seeking to operate as if there is no problem at all. That’s right. As the political right has been searching for a way to keep out the criminal and allow in those who are genuinely seeking a better life, the University is seeking to make it easier to attend their classes if you are here criminally.
Fresno State is launching a new program to make it easier for illegal immigrants to attend college courses and get a degree.
The program is part of the school’s attempt to help with the “unique challenges” faced by students in the United States illegally.
Rather than try and figure out how it is that they have remained in this country for so long or what could be done to ensure that they were more able to receive an opportunity to stay, Fresno State wishes to ignore the criminality of their residency and focus on the “unique problems” faced by these students. Problems caused by their illegally coming and living in this country.
According to The Fresno Bee, the program will be directed by Fresno State’s Dream Outreach Center and is aimed at the roughly 600 illegal immigrants currently enrolled at school. The majority of those students “were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.” Fresno State president Joseph Castro said such illegals frequently have “more pronounced income challenges and may be less prepared than other students, even though they meet all the requirements. So what we’re trying to do is to make sure there’s a place for them to get all the support they need and to graduate and go out and become leaders in our community.”
It seems that Castro wishes to ensure these illegals the opportunity to receive financial assistance. What other support could he be speaking of if not monetary support? This program should cause the University problems. At the very least, there should be an issue raised by the federal government. Some agency somewhere should like to know how these criminals became upstanding students in this University. But, this is not the case.
There are no federal laws that specifically bar colleges and universities from accepting illegal immigrants. Rather, educational opportunities are largely a local issue and are handled on a state-by-state basis.
In 2011 California passed a Dream Act to provide university-aged illegal immigrants with “access to [taxpayer] funded financial aid for college.” They also “passed AB 540 in 2001, which allows most undocumented students who have attended California high schools to qualify for in-state tuition.”
So, while many natural born Americans pay taxes so that the government can give it to their children to pay for their college education, people unwilling to pay their share have the same opportunity. Now, this new program is not only going to place the illegal on equal but privileged ground.
Like many who would decry the difficulty of living in America, they are not only going to have the playing field leveled, but it is going to be tilted in their direction. And this means as I heard it put so well this weekend by Mr. Clarence Mason. “When you say that you need our help, then you are saying that you are not as good.” If you need special favors and special status, then you do not believe in your own ability to compete in real life.
Once again, the Statist’s attempt to fix a perceived problem only creates more inequality and slaves to the system.