Oregon In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens as Diversity Enrollment … So Much for the term “Illegal”


The underlying topic of the 2008 Presidential race is illegal immigration and how the United States will go forth with this issue.

What part about “illegal” in Illegal Aliens doesn’t out education system get? We are supposed to reward those that break the laws of the US and grant “illegals” the same status as a US College student. The State of Oregon is proposing to allow illegal aliens to get in-state tuition for people in this country illegally. If that’s the case then why don’t these same colleges allow every one in the United States to get in-State tuition. At least those students are in the country legally. Which begs the question, why would these schools even have an in or out of state tuition if they would allow people who should not even be in this country, let alone the state? What do you think would happen to a college student from Iowa that illegally stated he lived in Oregon to get the benefit of the decreased in-state tuition. But some how that’s different.

Why are we providing benefits to those that are “ILLEGAL” when this country cannot provide benefits to its own citizens?

PORTLAND, Ore. —  A panel of students, faculty and administrators is proposing charging in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students at Oregon’s public universities.

The idea didn’t get to the last Legislature but is being discussed through Friday by the State Board of Higher Education as a way to diversify enrollment.

Tuition is three times higher than in-state rates for the undocumented immigrants, which prevents many high school graduates from attending college.

“It seemed to us that it was a reasonable position to take,” said Dalton Miller-Jones, a state board member and Portland State University professor who heads the panel.

The issue of taxpayer subsidies for undocumented students is part of the larger immigration debate expected to be a factor in the presidential race.

About 10 states, including California and Washington, already allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “Oregon In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens as Diversity Enrollment … So Much for the term “Illegal””

    1. nurturer on December 7th, 2007 11:58 am

      I love that term ‘undocumented immigrant’. Very protective. Very touching.

      Like they forgot on the way in to fill out their I-94 entrance card.

    2. Patti on December 8th, 2007 4:26 am

      You’d think we could find enough minorities that would like to attend these fine universities, without having to reach past our borders.

      If not…

      Allow them to come in from

      other states, without paying

      out of state tuition.


      Do for U.S. first…


    3. Chris on December 10th, 2007 9:46 pm

      Here again we see a sort of reverse discrimination. Why do students who are here from another nation on a valid student visa have to pay international fees, when an illegal immigrant who has citizenship in another country and no loyalty to the United States, gets in state tuition? Is that not discrimination? “All men are created equal” unless you’re an illegal immigrant, then we’ll give you a little more.

      I hate the term undocumented, it’s a PC term that people use because they’re scared to use the harsh-label of reality of illegal.

      As a college student myself, I find it frustrating that we’re catering to people to have no love for my country, and I’m sick of collaborators and apologists for illegals. There’s a reason it’s called illegal.

      Support an America for Americans.

    4. Ted on December 14th, 2007 11:47 am

      “It’s about students who graduated from an Oregon high school who can’t go to college in Oregon for an appropriate price,” she said. “It’s kids who are already here and have made a contribution to the Oregon community.”
      I notice you conveniently missed a portion of the article.

      This would not allow for just any undocumented student to attend college in Oregon, you would have to essentially meet residency requirements, in that you’ve lived in the state for X number of years, graduated from high-school etc. A student from Iowa would not be granted in-state just as an undocumented student from Iowa would not be granted in-state.

      But let us take this a step further, you and the above poster are getting all riled up about the term undocumented vs. illegal being used when discussing these students and so who are these students being discussed?

      In order to qualify you would have had to graduate from an instate high-school, which means that these students, at the very most, were 15 or 16 when they were brought to the US. Now think back to when you were 15 or 16, if you parents wanted to move did you have ANY say in that decision? Were you allowed to just say no and not move wherever they went? As a minor you would ultimately have no control over what your parents decide to do, just as these students did not have the OPTION of immigrating to the United States.

      Now we are essentially left with children who did not intentionally commit any crime, who did not make the choice to immigrating illegally to the US, children who have never been provided the chance to fix their status. Therefore, is it fair to label children in this situation illegal… criminal?

    5. R.T. on January 17th, 2008 9:40 pm

      The term‘undocumented immigrant’is a misnomer.
      Many,if not most of them have substantial documentation.All be it fraudulent.
      The proper and correct term is ‘ILLEGAL ALIENS’!

    6. Pedro on May 20th, 2008 10:32 am

      Chris, all i gotta say is wooow you contridicted yourself dumbass

    7. Hanna on November 14th, 2008 2:54 pm

      I graduated from an American High School, because I came here legally as an exchange student. I then went on to become an international student on a legal visa and even though I have been here for almost three years, I still have to pay out of state tuition. I want to become an American Citizen, but I want to do it legally. I came here legally and I have to pay out of state tuition. Why on earth should illegal immigrants get a special treatment. Without documents you not UNDOCUMENTED your ILLEGAL!!!

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