Sunday, January 08, 2006

Colleges could benefit from immigrant influx

Edumacation: Of course colleges benefit from a steady flow of immigrants, that is never in doubt, but when you being intellectually dishonest to mean illegal immigrants then no. Illegals should not get benefits and cuts that legal immigrants who have followed the rules and citizens cannot get. Now considering this is Massachusetts, its their problem, so whatever.

BOSTON -- Allowing undocumented immigrants to attend public colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates would bring in millions of dollars in revenue within four years, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded in a report. The taxpayers foundation estimated that by 2009, there would be about 600 undocumented immigrants attending state and community colleges and the university system, just a "tiny fraction" of the 160,000-student enrollment. Michael Widmer, president of the MTF, said the conclusion of the report undermines the argument posed by some that allowing undocumented immigrants to attend the colleges at reduced rates would become a financial burden to the state. "The numbers of immigrants are so small, that it's smaller than the swings that state colleges and university system get year to year anyway," Widmer said. By 2009, according to the MTF, undocumented immigrants could be paying between $2.1 million and $2.7 million in tuition and fees to those campuses. And because there would be only a handful attending each campus, college officials would likely not have to incur new costs.
Check out the MTP group, considering their membership, lots of businesses who see a monetary benefit of easing illegals more into the mainstream.
"There are between 200,000 and 250,000 undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. The MTF estimated that if the bill were signed into law this year, there would be between 70 and 80 undocumented immigrants attending the state higher education system this fall, and it would grow to 600 by 2009. The foundation projected that 85 percent of the immigrants would enroll at community colleges, 10 percent at UMass, and 5 percent at state colleges. The MTF cited a study by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges which found that few, if any, undocumented immigrants were attending the state's higher education campuses today. " "....But Gov. Mitt Romney, who has said he will likely veto the bill, was dismissive of the study's findings. "For me this is not a question of money," he said. "I do think that as a nation we need to revisit our immigration policies and the status of those who are here illegally, the status of those who come across the borders. Someone who is here in contravention of the law should not be given a government benefit."
Well...yeah, because they are here illegally and that sorta messes up the plans to go to college. First off they would have to pay out of state fees/international fees and lot of those grants/loans need documentation. Now if you pass a law that cuts out the requirements that everyone else has to follow and say here is your special cut, of course enrollment goes up. Boston Globe:
''The taxpayers foundation report really just eliminates the bogus claims of critics that we can't afford this piece of legislation, and it puts the in-state tuition bill in a position where we not only can afford it as a state, but we need it as a state," said Ali Noorani, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, which is spearheading the lobbying effort behind the bill. But Robert Casimiro -- who heads the Massachusetts Coalition for Immigration Reform, which opposes the bill -- disputed the conclusions and said he believes that the arrival of hundreds of undocumented immigrant students would have plenty of costs for the state, both at instititions of higher education and in general. ''The classes I have attended [at Massasoit Community College] are filled to capacity; they would have to open new classes, and that costs money," Casimiro said. He added that Massachusetts could become a magnet for undocumented immmigrants if the bill becomes law, which he believes would cost the state in less obvious ways, such as social services and public safety.

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