Legalizing students comes at cost to citizens

February 27, 2013 

I read the article in the Feb. 24 paper, “S.C. schools enroll illegal immigrants previously denied.”

While on one hand it is all fine and good that an individual may attend college and pursue their dreams, there is always another hand. Bear in mind that the 10 students discussed briefly in this article were all here illegally but are now temporarily legal at what was and is a cost to we the people.

The story left out all of the costs that may have already been borne by the U.S. taxpayer and all of the future costs yet to be paid. Are the individuals discussed accessing student aid for tuition, housing, etc.? Do they receive funding from any or all of the social programs funded by the many state and federal agencies? As a working class American family, my wife and I raised two sons and paid for their educations without the benefit of state and/or federal dollars as did many of our friends.

In conversations with many of my friends and neighbors, those who understand programs like DACA do not like what they represent. I also know from conversations that most do not want what our political leaders are trying to force upon us, amnesty for illegal immigrants, by any name that is what it comes down to. As a country we should look to take care of our own citizens first, our own finances first, right now we are doing poorly at both.

The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.

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