Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Hey big spender

Proposal would repeal law allowing in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants:
State Rep. Becky Hutchins, R-Holton, said the repeal was necessary for budget reasons.

“It’s about priorities,” Hutchins said. In addition, she said, many lawmakers didn’t understand the measure when it passed in 2004.

The law allows illegal immigrants to qualify for lower in-state tuition if they attended a Kansas high school for at least three years and graduate or earn a general education development certificate in Kansas. Also, they must be seeking legal immigration status.

Last year, Kansas University officials said there were five students enrolled who were receiving lower tuition rates under the law.
I bet those 5 students are to blame for the state's budget problems. Yes indeed.

If not for those 5 kids, kids who attended Kansas schools for most of their lives, I bet things would be peachy.

The anti-immigrant strain in the Republican party reminds me of this stanza from Only a Pawn in their Game:

A South politician preaches to the poor white man,
"You got more than the blacks, don't complain.
You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain.
And the Negro's name
Is used it is plain
For the politician's gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.
Substitute "illegal alien" for "Negro" and you destroy the scansion, but preserve the meaning.

(Trollproofing: Yes, illegal aliens are here illegally, duh. The issue is whether their being here illegally is the cause of the mayhem attributed to them.)