Africa is not one place where everything is horrible. Even in war-torn places like the Sudan, the DRC, or northern Uganda, many people live comfortable lives above the poverty line. It is offensive to essentialize African peoples and cultures as first and foremost "poor" or "long-suffering."
I really found this post to be disturbing in its callousness and disregard towards illegal immigrants, particularly children. If a child is brought to the US by parents and through some circumstance end up with illegal status what do you propose be done about this cougar? round em' up and ship them home? There are children that have gone through this, so many in fact that Congress is attempting to pass a bill called the Dream Act which has bipartisan support. This law would recognize that many people were brought here as minors and should not be punished for their parents actions. It would grant conditional permanent resident status as a path towards citizenship. I'd also like to point out the not-so-subtle racism of your comments, for some reason you equate immigrants with people of color, namely those from Africa and South America. It is not surprising that recruitment for white supremacist organizations spiked during the public debate on immigration. You have no idea how difficult it is to live as an undocumented child in this country, the fear of deportation to a place that you barely know, if at all, is terrifying. Poverty makes it very difficult to afford the legal services required to hire a lawyer to address immigration status,and without status you can't get a good job...it is a vicious cycle. and the longer you wait the worse off you are. If you end up being ordered deported as a child it becomes nearly impossible to reverse the decision. Yet again you have no power over this because of your status as a minor. Before you start a thread attacking the ability of immigrants to obtain an education take the time to think what it would be like to have done nothing wrong yet have no power to control your destiny to improve your life through education. Allowing illegal immigrants to receive in state tuition doesn't even mean they will attend because without financial aid the expense is a burden for most immigrant families. If they do go they will need private loans, again very difficult for immigrants to receive. in any case the point is to have a more complicated understanding of the lives and experiences of people, i hope its possible for you to do so.
How is state university-level education subsidized for residents of a state -- is it funded through (or as a result of) taxpayer's money? If so, illegal immigrants may pay taxes in the form of a state sales tax and/or in the form of a state income tax (often automatically withheld from paychecks), which should entitle them to in-state tuition in their state of residency.Just throwing this out there -- Perhaps someone else knows more about this?
The right of the government to tax is not the same as the right to receive benefits.I pay to subsidize farmers in Idaho and certainly don't believe the relationship is reciproacal. That fact that they are not paying federal taxes implies illegals take far more than they receive.
I really found this post to be disturbing in its callousness and disregard towards illegal immigrants, particularly children.
Poverty makes it very difficult to afford the legal services required to hire a lawyer to address immigration status, and without status you can't get a good job...it is a vicious cycle.
I'd also like to point out the not-so-subtle racism of your comments, for some reason you equate immigrants with people of color, namely those from Africa and South America.
again, don't really like the term "illegals".