The immigrant question | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The immigrant question

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 6:49 AM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel opined yesterday what had been clear all along -- no law prohibits Arkansas colleges from admitting undocumented immigrants. But here's the key point: NO (i wrote this incorrectly originally as now) law requires colleges to do a citizenship check. There's the somewhat far-fetched (and dramatically overstated) concern that a non-citizen might get an in-state tuition break and a student from New York might sue over this unequal treatment, but it's only a cover for colleges to impose a citizenship check, as Mike Beebe has strong-armed Arkansas colleges to do. It's a check that produces punitive fees for longtime residents of Arkansas with Arkansas high school diplomas versus, say, Texans, because a handful of them can't produce a U.S. birth certificate. But we wouldn't want to discriminate, would we?

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