A student, other than a nonimmigrant alien within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. s. 1001(a)(15), who meets the following criteria:
1. Has resided in Florida with a parent for at least 3 consecutive years immediately preceding the date the student received a high school diploma or its equivalent.
2. Has attended a Florida high school for at least 3 consecutive school years during such time.
3. Has filed an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status or will file such application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so.
In a nutshell, should this bill pass, if a person is here illegally or is the child of illegal immigrants, they are entitled to in-state tuition. There is legislation that allows this in several states already and it's pending in several more.
It is my opinion that if a person is here illegally they should not be entitled to resident tuition and if a person is born in the US and the child of illegal aliens, since that person's residency is based on the parents (at least it is when applying to college as a "dependent") then they are still not legal residents of Florida.
You know it hurts to have to say that. Why? I don't dislike illegal aliens, I feel for those who had to flee their own country because of such terrible conditions, both economic and social. And I do believe that a better education is a key to becoming a better person and creating a better world. Bbut at the same time, the US cannot handle the overwhelming influx of illegal aliens. Our borders go unchecked, diseases are entering this country, as well as people who tax our system and give little back, not to mention the terrorists who are crossing our borders daily.
Neal Boortz had it right. No, you can't deport eleven million illegal aliens but you can encourage them to go back home by discontinuing the services and perks that keep them here.
I'm not going to tell you what stance to take on this issue but if you are a responsible citizen of Florida, of the US, you'll take a stance on it one way or the other and you'll let your voice be heard. Click here to find your Florida Senator or here to find your Florida Representative and at least make an effort to get involved.