From The Alameda Times-Star:
Friday, May 14, 2004 - THIS year, nearly 7,500 qualified California residents -- who would otherwise be entering California state universities as incoming freshmen -- are likely to be turned away for lack of funds. Meanwhile, approximately 7,500 illegal immigrants will receive heavily subsidized university educations at a cost of between $45 million and $65 million annually at those same universities.
Under a law signed in 2001 by Gov. Gray Davis, an illegal alien who has graduated from a California high school after three years of attendance -- all while in violation of U.S. immigration laws -- is entitled to attend a community college or state university at the in-state tuition rate previously reserved for legal California residents.
The subsidy is substantial. At the University of California, proposed student fees for a California resident will be $6,028 next year. Non-residents will pay the full cost of $22,504. The difference is paid by California taxpayers.
Why do legislators of both parties continue to defend this law at a time when thousands of California citizens are about to be turned away from their own university system?
[Edited 2004-05-21 18:06:37]