Public Funding of Post-Secondary Education for Illegal Immigrants

Public Funding of Post-Secondary Education for Illegal Immigrants
Jeremy N. Rangel
University of Phoenix
Elements of University Composition and Communication II
Christopher R. Jackson Ph.D.
October 19, 2011
Public Funding of Post-Secondary Education for Illegal Immigrants
Illegal immigration has long been a controversial issue, yet in recent times this issue has become a hot topic of debate among candidates for elective office. The issue is multifaceted and the debate extends from health care, to jobs, to social services and education.
Most recently the public funding for post-secondary education of illegal immigrants has been pushed to the forefront of the debate. The federal version of the DREAM act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) was passed by the House of Representatives in December of 2010 (Preston, 2010), but was ultimately blocked by the U.S. Senate in a 55-41 vote just 10 days later (Herszenhorn, 2010). Even though the bill did not win passage by the Congress, some states have taken it upon themselves to settle the issue by passing state versions of the DREAM act. The state of Texas was one of the first states to pass their own version of the DREAM act in 2001 and just last week Governor Jerry Brown signed California’s DREAM act into law (McGreevy & York, 2011). Proponents of the law were ecstatic, though ,of course, opponents of the law were up in arms, with both sides airing their respective opinions all over the newspapers and television news programs.
Frankly, it was a long overdue victory for illegal immigrants, more specifically those of Latino descent, who have been vilified and taken advantage of with low wages, subpar health care, and poor housing conditions. The fact is that illegal immigrants are a part of the community and, for illegal Latino immigrants as long as the need for cheap labor exists they will continue to thrive. Therefore, it is incumbent upon our country to offer the opportunity to qualify...