Bad gets worse in California. For many years illegal aliens in that state have qualified for in-state tuition. Three months ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed the first half of the California DREAM Act allowing illegal aliens to apply for state-funded scholarships and aid at state universities. Yesterday, Brown inked the second portion of the act giving illegal aliens the right to apply for state-funded scholarships and aid at state universities. Common sense dictates that illegal aliens should not be allowed to even attend universities, let alone access programs subsidizing and enabling them to do so. Not only are they not residents of California; they’re not even residents of the United States! But could it be that enough is enough, even in California? New polls indicate most Californians are overwhelmingly opposed, left and right…. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) is about to find out how deep that opposition really is as he launches a petition drive to force a ballot initiative that could overturn the legislation. Donnelly is fiercely determined and the odds are that his efforts will at least put the issue directly in the hands of voters….Speaking of fiercely determined, President Obama’s Department of Justice has ratcheted up its fight against Alabama’s new immigration enforcement bill. Immediately after a Federal District Court green-lighted most provisions of the bill, it took about a nanosecond for the DOJ to file a challenge in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta seeking to overturn that decision. Meanwhile, the legal immigrant community in Alabama is being exploited by far left special interests who are whipping up rumors of roundups, profiling, and lawlessness even before the law goes into effect. The Southern Poverty Law Center – centered in Alabama – is leading the charge, reporting that a “humanitarian crisis” is unfolding. It should be a very good month for SPLC fundraising as they try to equate Alabama with the Sudan….Say Adios to the term “Illegal Alien” in newspapers. The Society of Professional Journalists just passed a resolution to urge newsrooms to drop the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant,” Too bad because the term “illegal alien” works just fine. “Alien” is a word precisely defined in 8 USC Section 1101 and is used by all legal professionals across the board including the United States Supreme Court. Use it and you’ll be in good company. One has to wonder what alternative term would be quite as objective and appropriate. “Undocumented Workers?” With a few keystrokes the illegality is removed and it suggests all are gainfully employed, which they’re not. Plus many illegal aliens, do in fact, have documentation – it just doesn’t belong to them….with the rising violence in Mexico, could immigration attorneys and special interests be coaching illegal aliens living in the U.S to file for asylum status? One illegal alien in Alabama was quoted in an Associated Press article saying, ‘We’re afraid to go back to Mexico because of the drugs, the cartels and the killings.” A trend to watch.
Content written by former Federation for American Immigration Reform staff.