You are a fool to obey the law
- Marxist Madness! Socialist Democrats steal the money of American citizens of all races in order to re-distribute that wealth to fund the education "needs" of illegal alien citizens of other countries.
Under new Democrat legislation, universities and state campuses in the People's Republic of California would set aside $9.2 million for loans to illegal alien students currently ineligible for federal financial aid.
Undocumented students enrolled in University of California or California State University schools face financial aid gaps of more than $5,000 a year. The state of California allows undocumented students to apply for Cal Grants, but students say it still falls short thousands of dollars needed to cover housing, books, and food reports ABC News Sacramento.
Leftist Democrat State Senator Ricardo Lara wants to close the funding gap for undocumented students, and proposes a new loan program for California public universities to assist these students (Senate Bill 1210).
" We think it's important to have because these students have worked hard and they have gotten, gained admission to the university and we want to give them every chance to succeed much like there counterparts who are attending the university," Christopher W. Carter, Director of Student Financial Support with the University of California said. "And so we think it's important to be able to put them on a level playing field. So we give them the same advantage, the same opportunity that we give their documented counterparts on campus."
Critics question why California taxpayers should have to pay education costs of students who are not in state legally. In response, Carter says that the illegal students consider themselves Californians and if state schools have admitted those students than university officials should be able to offer loans.
"We assume all students have a role in covering those costs and the most students do it through some combination of work and borrowing," Carter said "And right now these undocumented AB 540 students don't have the option to borrow and so they have to count disproportionately on working or going to some great lengths to modify their expenses and reduce their expenses so that they can manage to afford to attend the universities."
UC President Janet Napolitano -- who has faced withering criticism and protests from immigration activists over her enforcement of immigration laws as secretary of homeland security -- spoke in favor of the bill Wednesday at a Senate Education Committee hearing reports the San Jose Mercury News.
"These students have worked hard to achieve their dream of a university education, and I believe we should work as hard to ensure that they have every chance to succeed, including providing them access to equivalent resources as their campus peers," Napolitano said, according to a transcript of her testimony.
The universities estimate that about 1,200 CSU students and 1,300 UC students would take out such loans.
The program would initially cost UC about $1.6 million a year, though if the loans are structured well, it could become cost-neutral, said spokeswoman Dianne Klein. CSU's annual cost would be roughly $900,000, said spokesman Michael Uhlenkamp.