It's not enough that the kiddies get a free K-12 education on the backs of American taxpayers (now costing more than $8,000 per student annually in California). They insist upon getting a subsidized college education as well.
The recently euthanized Senate amnesty bill contained the illegal DREAM act (actually a nightmare for citizen kids, since it dispenses tuition subsidies not available to homegrown Americans). As a result, a contingent from the permanent gimme choir was offended that new handouts were not forthcoming, and several are camped out in San Francisco, enacting a fast. (There are apparently no snack police on duty, so purity cannot be verified.)
An estimated 65,000 illegal immigrant students graduate from high school every year and would benefit from such a bill. At present, they are unable to work legally and, in many states, can't enroll in college.
"The DREAM Act would give me a sense that I was valued as a person," said Miriam, who is one of seven students holding a weeklong fast in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza in a push for passage of the bill. In San Jose, students are fasting outside the district office of Rep. Zoe Lofgren. "I was raised here; I went to school here; I see my future here. ... Let us be part of this society, let us do it the right way." [Students fasting for green card provision, San Francisco Chronicle 7/5/07]
A June article by Kris Kobach noted that the DREAM act would shred 1996 legislation which was supposed to prevent foreigners from receiving greater benefits than citizens in this one instance.
The DREAM Act is a nightmare. It repeals a 1996 federal law that prohibits any state from offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, unless the state also offers in-state tuition rates to all U.S. citizens. On top of that, the DREAM Act offers a fast track to U.S. citizenship for illegal aliens who attend college.
On its own, the DREAM Act never stood a chance of passing — even in the Senate. Every scientific opinion poll on the subject has shown over 70 percent opposition to giving in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens. [A college education for illegal aliens, Washington Times 6/22/07]
Besides, what would be wrong with attending a university in Mexico? Hispanic students wouldn't have to bother with a special ethnic graduation and they would have plenty of opportunity to get in touch with that all-important raza about which we hear so much.