I don't often speak about politics on here for the simple reason that it's a heated topic and I want the blog to focus on positive things. However, in this instance, I am fired up enough to step up on my soapbox for a few minutes.
An article on Yahoo! News this morning talks about the California "Dream Act", which was just signed into law. In summary, this Act allows illegal immigrants to receive privately funded scholarships so they can continue their education at public colleges and universities.
Go ahead and process that for a moment. I'll wait.
Now let's talk about this.
There are ads all over the place (in Idaho, therefore, I assume in other states as well) talking about how high school is not enough, that people need to go further with their education. However, school is expensive. We all know this. Granted, there are scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid available to those who qualify for such funding. But it's all still expensive. And now, apparently, there are forms of funding available to those who sneak their way into our country. Those who are here illegally. Who don't pay taxes. But let's toss some money at them, right? Because that's what good, old America does.
The Governor of California stated, "At the end of the day, if we're going to continue as a powerful, equal-opportunity society, we're going to have to invest in our people."
First of all, illegal immigrants aren't "OUR" people. If they want to be "our" people, why not go through the proper (legal) channels to become a legalized American citizen? And pay taxes. And vote. And contribute to this so-called "powerful, equal-opportunity society". Since when does the "equal opportunity" standard extend to illegal immigrants? I thought being here illegally was still, you know, ILLEGAL. But instead of deporting these people, we're going to give them access to scholarships so that they can continue their education. And then what? As the article states, they can't legally obtain employment. So what exactly are we accomplishing by giving them money? Honestly.
And don't get me wrong - I'm all for education. I think everyone deserves it. However, when we are taking away from our own citizens and giving to people who have no right at all to be here, that's where I draw the line. Scholarships are meant to be a reward. Apparently we are now rewarding those who manage to sneak by our "border control", and who have no apparent intention of becoming a legal citizen.
Awesome law-making. Really.