The Virginia legislature which started up its short session today, will deal with more issues involving illegal immigration. This time, several legislators are targetting the children of illegal immigrants. While these kids were often brought to the United States as infants or young kids, and many went through American schools k-12.
Had the Dream Act passed, the legislature would not be wasting its time on this question.
Del. Christopher Peace’s bill would amend state law to explicitly prohibit people who are in the United States illegally from being admitted to Virginia’s public two-year or four-year institutions.
Several previous attempts to pass similar legislation in Virginia haven’t succeeded.
Federal law prohibits such people from paying in-state tuition at colleges and universities, but they can still pursue a public college education. Virginia’s public universities currently have the discretion to decide whether to admit illegal aliens as long as they charge out-of-state tuition.
South Carolina bars undocumented students from enrolling in public colleges, as have some Georgia institutions, and Alabama’s two-year colleges.
I seriously doubt that this bill makes it through to the finish line. Too many people understand that these are extremely good students who will one day add to our work force. Why not reward kids who do the right thing?