Remember Elvira Arellano? An illegal immigrant, Arellano hid out in a Chicago church to avoid deportation after a second illegal entry. Arellano had also committed Social Security fraud, a nasty habit that amnesty proponents prefer to overlook. Apprehended in California in August 2007, Arellano was finally booted out of the U.S. after becoming a media figure and poster child for reforming our immigration laws.
Thoughtful Illinois legislators have decided to make life better for the state’s illegal immigrants. The Illinois DREAM Act has been approved, and awaits Governor Pat Quinn’s signature. Had Arellano been able to hang on for just a few more years she might have been able to qualify for a scholarship, or could have invested for her son’s education in the public college savings program. One of the requirements for illegals to use the savings plan is a Social Security or taxpayer identification number, so she was already halfway there.
Lawmakers backing the Illinois DREAM Act maintain that no taxpayer money will go towards the higher educations of illegal immigrants because the scholarships are privately funded. This is an easy one to test. Illinois should stop all public funding of state colleges and universities. Let’s see how long they last without the support of overstressed taxpayers already paying higher income taxes. Will school counselors, tasked with giving illegals an informed leg up, still feel like being informative without their publicly funded salaries?
It is no big surprise that Illinois followed Barack Obama’s lead. The president should be pleased that his wrecked home state stepped up to the plate and lent a helping hand to illegals, something he is eager to do on a much grander scale. Illinois is unable to grant U.S. citizenship, and the Obama administration made it clear to Arizona that the Federal Government enforces our immigration laws. This raises the tantalizing question of whether ICE can use Illinois DREAM Act scholarship information to identify illegal immigrants and deport them, college degree or not. The president claims to be big on immigration enforcement. Here is an opportunity to live up to his words.
To be fair, the Illinois DREAM Act could benefit the illegal community in one big way. Unlike Arellano, maybe college educated illegals can think up smarter frauds so they don’t get caught.
Gary Zacny says
People all around the world travel to the embassy and fill out the forms and wait in line for a chance to get to America.
The illegal immigrants are simply people who cut in line.
Why should we reward people who cut in line?
Civil Candor says
That is exactly right, Gary. Just because you want something does not give you license to take it. The president has tried to shame opponents of his immigration agenda by claiming we fear outsiders. What we oppose is a government that rewards those who cut in line.
anyone that supports illegals by hiring them to avoid their own tax are idiots.the construction jobs are gone except for illegals .america wake up stop feeling sorry for them they stolen my way of living. i want my cont. jobs of 35 years back .I mean now ,before it is too late .these people that support them do not .there jobs are probably not jobs that illegals qualify or they would agree they have to go.or else we are all screwed .anyone that thinks we need them ,should move to mexico and take their place ,,by the I am married to an american hispanic for 25 years . she hates what is happening. If I continue to see illegals riding around in contr. trucks that say they are not hiring I will fight tooth and nail before my family is on the streets You young people are being suckered.
Civil Candor says
The president’s backdoor amnesty provides a pool of low-priced labor that no longer fears deportation, and competes with Americans for jobs. The good news is that there are still legislators who support state efforts to enforce laws that the White House has chosen to ignore. H.R. 2670, The Jobs for Americans Act, may interest you. More on that tomorrow. Best of luck to you, unemployed. You are correct. Obama supporters are being suckered.