While New Jersey debates the so-called DREAM Act, Save Jerseyans, it’s worth considering whether we’re even debating the right thing.
Put another way: should we worry about subsidizing more over-priced degrees for more kids? Or should we start tackling the price gouging itself?
You can tell where I’m going with this post. We’re being robbed! Many of America’s top college and university have built endowments in excess of $1 billion. Rutgers University is actually at the “low” end of the major institution scale with only $684.6 million as of August 31st.
They spend plenty of cash, too; Rutgers University budgeted $3.6 billion for 2013–2014 academic year, or if you need a comparison for perspective’s sake, an amount equivalent to approximately 11% of our entire New Jersey FY2014 state budget. But some of it IS your money after all: $756 million in direct state aid and other fringe benefits.
Plenty of readers are asking this question so I’ll try to clear the air a bit or at least demonstrate from where the fog originated.
Take a quick look at 8 USC § 1623:
“Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident.”
Governor Chris Christie was expected to sign a New Jersey version of the DREAM Act if it passed the legislature, Save Jerseyans, having reversed himself on the issue before Election 2013.
Now the Governor is saying what we already knew: the Democrat Senate bill is unacceptable in its current form (the Assembly version is different). He would not, however, rule out signing the final Assembly version.
“They’re overreaching and making it unsignable,” said Governor Christie on last night’s edition of NJ 101.5′s Ask the Governor monthly radio program, referring to the Senate bill. “Not only are there technical problems that need to be fixed, but they’re making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act and, um, that’s simply not acceptable for me.” Christie continued on to say that he wants ”tuition equality” but believes the Senate bill would turn New Jersey into a “magnet state.”
Back in 2011, responding to a DREAM Act question at a Sayreville town hall meeting, Christie declared “I can’t favor that, because we need to have an immigration system where people follow the rules, and I can’t in a difficult time of budget constraints support the idea that we should be giving money in that regard to people who haven’t followed the rules, and take that money from people who have.”
Governor Christie discusses his take at the 50 minute mark:
On Thursday, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee passed the Senate’s version along party lines, 8-3, with Monmouth County’s Jennifer Beck abstaining. The GOP members’ objections cited procedural concerns or problems with the draft language itself including a loophole which could discriminate against private school students.
A vote by the full Senate is pending Monday; assuming it passes as predicted, Governor Chris Christie is expected to sign the bill after final passage in the General Assembly. You may recall that the Assembly version (A4225) was pulled last summer in order to avoid negative electoral consequences for potentially vulnerable Democrat legislative candidates. That baby is officially put to bed and all engines are a go…
We are fast approaching the “dog days of summer,” Save Jerseyans, and there is no better place to pass those lazy hours than daydreaming on a beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
In the midst of my daydreaming, I came up with a Top 10 list of things that I would do if I were King of the World for one day. The first five are serious and the next four are a little more whimsical. Number 10 speaks for itself.
I was wondering when someone would throw a punch in this thing, Save Jerseyans, and I never imagined it’d take until July 16th. But here we are!
Dr. Aleita Eck circulated a press release today calling out her NJ GOP U.S. Senate special primary (isn’t that a mouthful?) competitor, former Mayor State Lonegan, for reportedly hiring two illegal immigrants back in 2007.
At the time this story originally made headlines, Mayor Lonegan stated that he had not intended to hire illegals and that it was a mistake, calling the resulting controversy over the incident “absurd.” Eck’s release includes virtually no commentary from the candidate or her spokespersons, titled simply “Rhetoric vs. Record.” Both candidates are self-styled conservatives who have adopted relatively hard-line positions on the issue.
A recent poll showed Lonegan leading the first time candidate by 57-points ahead of the August 13th primary.
Congressman Frank Pallone, the self-described author of Obamacare, along with his fraternity of political elitists, despite fierce opposition from a plurality of voters, hoisted the burden of Obamacare onto the shoulders of the American family. It has resulted in fulltime workers having their hours reduced, which has meant the loss of healthcare benefits for people that work in various service-oriented industries like retail and customer service. It has resulted in a nationwide spike in health insurance costs as well. Forbes estimates that the price burden on American families will vary between 34 and 80%, depending on the size of the family and the location.
It seems that Congressman Pallone and the Democratic Party are always in a rush to push more and more unvetted and unread laws into effect. The public was never given access to find out what was in the 2,400-page Obamacare law until Barack Obama signed it into law; nonetheless, many promises were made to placate our justified concerns. Pallone promised lower medical costs and more access to healthcare and all of his pledges have been proven false.
Your Blogger-in-Chief returned to the Dom Time program last night, Save Jerseyans, to debate the DREAM Act and try to articulate why it’s a radically unfair (and counterproductive) proposition to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. The case is pretty clear to me but obviously not for all parties. Things got a little feisty at times as we discussed the ins and outs! Still, it’s always great fun on Dom Giordano’s show.
Enjoy, and please share your own thoughts on the topic in our comments section:
The rest of the video from Tuesday’s show is below the fold…
The current bill before the House of Representatives is not an immigration bill, Save Jerseyans. Let’s call it what it is . . . a ‘Citizenship Bill.’
Roughly 5.5 million illegals came to America via legal work or vacation visas and overstayed their welcome. That makes them illegal, a form of backdoor fraud. If this bill is passed in the House, it would bring in 33 million immigrants over the next 10 years; anyone who is not a citizen and granted amnesty without earning citizenship should lose their right to sponsorship.
There are about 40 million immigrants living in the United States. A little less than 28 percent, or 10.5 million, have crossed the border illegally and are violating U.S. law. Illegals are 3.5% of the US population . . . 28 percent of all immigrants is here illegally.
Of the 11.7 million Mexican immigrants that live in the United States, about 5.85 million are here illegally. There is no shortage of workers; it is about what companies are willing to pay to get the job done.