From our friends on the left…
Here are three predictable counter-narratives (read: lies) to the shite-storm the Civitas Institute managed to stir up:
1. People who think that illegal immigrants should not receive publicly subsidized higher education are hateful, racist, nativist xenophobes.
(False. One can agree that the legal immigration system should be fixed and streamlined, but breaking the law at the periphery is not the way to fix it. That is neither xenophobia nor racism, but respect for the rule of law. Personally, I say "come one, come all" — but legally.)
2. Eighteen-year-olds in community colleges are "the children."
(False. Eighteen-year-olds are adult free agents. Did I even need to write this?)
3. Community colleges are "profiting" from allowing illegal immigrant attendees to pay out-of-state tuition.
(False: If even 70 percent of the TOTAL cost (capital expenditures and all) of community college system was covered by tuition, we might say that some costs are being offset. The real number is around 12 percent. The system is subsidized by TAXPAYING CITIZENS by more than 85 percent! That’s about as close to profit as the Soviet shoe factory.)
Ultimately, the lefties are fighting the wrong battle here. Let’s reform the law — not break it. And remember, you are talking about our citizen’s resources here. If you’re attempting to make some sort of argument about civil disobedience, why not just go light up a spliff on HIllsborough Street in front of a cop to prove your point? (And – by the way – if you care about this issue so much, why not start your own private, non-profit community college for the undocumented?)
I think immigration is good on net — probably as much or more than the most compassionate lefty. But the rule of law is nothing to be toyed with.