Kirsters Baish| Last month, the University of California’s system voted to raise all tuition costs for out-of-state students by roughly $1,000. The most screwed up part? That same tuition hike doesn’t apply to illegal immigrants. It was reported by the College Fix that the system’s board of regents collectively approved the proposal which would increase out-of-state tuition by exactly $978 with a 12-3 vote. Illegal aliens are able to skate around the extra $1,000 charge by enrolling themselves as in-state students, which doesn’t make much sense to most of us since they aren’t even in-country students.
UC spokeswoman Clair Doan explained to the Fix, “All students — regardless of immigration status — are subject to the same tuition and fee structures, based on their residency status.”
It is mandated by the California Assembly Bill 540 that all illegal immigrant students are able to take advantage of obtaining in-state tuition costs if they go to high school in the state of California for at least three years. They are also required to graduate with their high school diploma.
Ira Mehlman, a Federation for American Immigration Reform spokesman, spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation, stating, “It’s really incumbent upon Congress to close that loophole now that it’s exposed.”
Colleges don’t ask students about their immigration status, however, public schools are prohibited by the constitution from denying and K-12 student from free public education based on their immigration status. This ruling was made in 1982 after the Supreme Court ruled on the Plyler v. Doe case.
Western Journal reported:
“UC does not ask its students nor applicants for their immigration status,” Doan explained. But the spokeswoman speculated that the UC system enrolled approximately 3,700 illegal alien students.
Doan may have arrived at this number by identifying illegal alien students via the students’ usage of taxpayer ID numbers and not social security numbers, according to Mehlman.
The University of California system educates nearly a quarter of a million students. UC’s board of regents will vote on increasing base tuition by $348 for all students in May, but its members promised to revoke the hike if the state legislature provides the system with more funding.
It was stated by UC regent chair George Kieffer that UC students have 31 percent less funding per students this year than compared to those students in the year 2000.
Mehlman explained to the DNCF, “California is perpetually broke. And yet they manage to come up with services for illegal aliens.”
He went on to speak more about the services provided by the state to illegal immigrants. They are given grants, are provided with public housing, and are given access to multiple other state and local services. In what world are illegal immigrants treated better than a state’s own citizens? As scary as it is, we are living in this world.
The Western Journal reported:
Mehlman postulated that about half of illegal aliens work “off the books” and the other half use “bogus social security numbers.”
The demographic costs California taxpayers over $25 billion per year, according to FAIR.
TheDCNF reached out to the California Immigrant Policy Center for comment but received none in time for press.