Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Getting a free ride somewhere

Really, who's paying for this?
Pledging not to eat as long as necessary and drink only water and juice, a dozen University of Texas-San Antonio students said their hunger strike is an act of solidarity with similar demonstrations across the U.S. in support of the controversial Dream Act.


Among the students is Pamela Resendiz, a political science major who said she plans on becoming an immigration attorney.

Resendiz said she is undocumented, having been arrested and detained in the Travis County Jail and later a federal detention facility in Hutto, Texas. She said she now awaits her deportation proceedings.
(from KSAT-12)

I can tell you from personal experience that it is nearly impossible to pay for a university education with your own hard-earned money. You need assistance of some kind, whether it comes from parents, grants, or loans.

Obviously Ms. Resendiz's parents are too poor to pay for her education, or else they wouldn't have come to this country illegally. (Or let her come, if she came by herself.)

I don't think she would have gotten any grants, because, if I remember correctly, you need to provide frickin' U.S. identification in the form of a Social Security number to get them. Undocumented immigrants aren't supposed to have those.

And, if you ever apply for a loan, they won't even consider your application unless you also provide your parents' tax returns to prove that they can't finance your education fully.

So, I go back to my original question: Who the hell is paying for her education? I would like to know, given that she's so free about flaunting her undocumented status.


Pam said...

If she lives at home, has a job or two, and possibly some private scholarships, she could probably swing it. She may also have started out at community college, which is much cheaper than University and then transferred her credits.

The highest cost for college are room and board.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure illegals can get in-state tuition, and financial assistance from Texas taxpayers.

"The number of illegal immigrant college students paying in-state tuition and receiving financial aid at Texas' public colleges and universities continues to climb, according to state higher education records. " -KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH / The Dallas Morning News

Albatross said...

That's unconscionable. I busted my ass with a full-time job and a combination of grants and loans to pay for my own university education. Now, as a taxpayer, I've gotta pay for the education of someone who is here illegally.

I'd like to hear any justifications as to why this is just and reasonable.