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Illegal immigrant in-state tuition begins in Conn.

Published: Thu, July 7, 2011 @ 2:57 p.m.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — This will be the first year that illegal immigrant Maria Praeli can consider going to college full-time.

While that once seemed impossible to afford, the 18-year-old high school student can qualify for in-state tuition at Connecticut’s public universities under a new law.

The measure reduces tuition costs by as much as $17,000 annually for undocumented students such as Praeli, a rising senior at New Milford High School.

Connecticut is now among 12 states, including New York and Illinois, that grant in-state tuition to illegal immigrants who are working toward legal status.

Advocates say as many as 250 illegal immigrants in the state could take advantage of the law change within the next year.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, was holding a ceremonial bill signing for the measure today.


1NilesOhio(883 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Wow, break the law then get rewarded for it. Only in America.

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2redeye1(5260 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Typical liberals giving this great country away. I'll bet the real students have to pay more in tuition to pay for this. And the liberal gov't can't seem to figure out why legals in this country aren't working.

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3mommaof2(25 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Wow!! How I'd love to have this benefit as a LEGAL citizen of this country...Niles - you said it right!! First you can kill your child and get away with it, now you can get discounted tuition towards a higher education when you entered this country illegally. How I bet there are many citizens of this country that would love to go to school to further their education! Crazy

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4cheybaby2(102 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

That's B.S. they Need To send all these illegals Back to there own country, why should America & Americans, Suffer because of them.. They Get Everything here free never having to pay anything back, While we do have to pay back every red cent. They Get FREE Housing, Food Stamps, Welfare, Break The Law Over & Over. There Is No Jobs, So Many Companies have Gone Under But Still We Are The Land Of The Free For All The Immigrants that come here and steal from us. . We need jobs & education for our people, i could care less for them, i don't care what country they come from, take care of the USA before anybody else... We Have People Starving In this Country. Are Native Americans Get Nothing, No help, Starving, Horrible housing But Yet Our Government Hands Millions Over To Other Countries, This Is Indian Country Not Immigrants. Why Should True Born Americans Suffer For Someone Else. This is Pure B.S.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"The measure reduces tuition costs by as much as $17,000 annually for undocumented students "

Is this great or what ? How many who are grandchildren of immigrants who came here legally many years ago get that kind of break . . ..

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6VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Wait a minute...stop the presses...hold on...let me get this straight...they have broken a federal law and should be deported immediately, but yet they are being offered free tuition?

What gum shoe, knuckelheaded politician thought this one up? How can they possibly justify this to the taxpayers who will be footing the bill for this?

This is insane!

We are saying we are placing more importance to those who illegally enter our country than those who were born here and need assistance.

Does that make any sense to you?

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7piak(508 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

The Northeast is heavily Progressive. Why should this legislation to aid the "undocumented" students be a surprise to anyone?

There was a time when you arrived at Ellis Island and held your breath until you cleared the physical and interview; then, hopefully, your sponsor arrived to vouch for you.

Draconian? NO! You had to want to be here, to become an American. Citizenship meant something then; now, it's just an inconvenience to the illegals.

The education these "undocumented" (illegals) will get is that being an American citizen "ain't so much" and that we are all "citizens of the world".

We have seen the Balkans...and they are us.

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8VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

To "city dweller" and all those who feel illegal aliens have rights simply because they pay "taxes" - it is an injustice to American citizens as well as legal immigrants, who have gone thru the legal process of becoming permanent residents. Benefits such as reduced tuitions, health care, welfare and unemployment pay should NOT be available to undocumented, illegal aliens. Believe me, this is happening millions of times in our country and we need it to stop. Paying taxes is not enough to overcome the expense of the burdeon. The burdeon of the benefits is paid by the compilation of taxes paid by many, as in you, me and our neighbors and friends, but we are spending more than we pay into it. Adding an illegal alien to this burdeon compounds the need beyond our ability to pay.

This is the only way we are going to stop the inflow of illegals and just one step in the process of getting our country back on its feet. People who feel otherwise are only hurting themselves and their children.

We cannot afford to be the giver of free care, tuitions and other benefits to those who simply cross our borders and set up a household. No other country in the world allows it, why should we. If we went to Mexico and tried this, we would be thrown in jail. If we went to Canada and tried this, we would be deported. Why...because they cannot afford to take on the added burdeon. Neither can we. We are borrowing money from China and Japan just to pay our bills, and soon we will not be able to even pay the interest on the loan. Allowing more and more illegal aliens to set up households in America is no longer an option...it is the death of our nation.

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9NilesOhio(883 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

city_dweller - What part of "illegal" is so difficult to grasp? Willfully and knowingly breaking the law should have consequences, not rewards.

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10James_S(268 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

This is what the Masters and owners of our government want.

And our "elected" servants to their Master are obeying and complying with their Master's orders, rules, laws...

If they didn't willfully obey, comply and propogate their Master's Orders, they, our "elected" servants, would not have a chance to be elected in the first place.

Our "elected" public servants don't serve the public. They serve their Master, Who owns our government and THEM.

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11VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

If these undocumented aliens really want to become productive citizens and help turn our country around, they should declare themselves and begin the process of paying for their legal documentation and permanent residence. Generally, as I understand it, this process could cost about $2,000 out-of-pocket for each. If they require representation, this figure could be doubled. With some 11 million undocumented illegals, this cost could be a substantial boost to our federal coffers, as well as our economy. Some may end up being deported and some may end up in jail, but those are the ones we want out of here.

If undocumented aliens want to share in our national bounties, they need to step up and do the right thing for themselves and our country if they want these bounties to continue.

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12NilesOhio(883 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

city_dweller - They should do what everybody else legally here has done - make the effort to obtain citizenship. The immigration process has been around for hundreds of years, so it's not something new that is being imposed on people by heartless bureaucrats.

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