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Question 4: College Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

YouTube user ashleylynn360 asks if the candidates support a federal law to requires states that give in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants to give the same tuition rate to children of members of the military:

By Ed O'Keefe |  November 28, 2007; 8:36 PM ET Debates , YouTube
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Ms. ashleylynn360, you make a strong case for us to examine our values with how we treat our neighbors and their families who serve in the Armed Forces (not mentioning our responsibility to veterans), but I think you make a false assumption with your question. You assume that the two are mutually exclusive. You make the assumption that we can only make education available to one group. If we gave as much interest to the education of all of our children, immigrants included (through assistance with college, more investment in our local schools, etc) we would not be having this debate.

The "illegal aliens" you talk about are human beings, not aliens. Illegal, some are, some aren't. They are our generation's new wave of immigrants, like your ancestors and my ancestors. Why don't you try to talk to them sometime? Get to know the kid who is bussing the table, the guy mowing the yard across the street, cleaning your house, working next door, sending their kid to school, attending another church down the road.... You may like the people you meet when you meet them and not want to call them aliens. They aren't that different from us.

We should all have the right to a good education, without denying the right to anyone. It is our responsibility to the future of the U.S.

Posted by: Chris | November 28, 2007 11:18 PM

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