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Old 10-02-2008, 05:50 PM
 
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AUSTIN - A North Texas legislator wants the state's top attorney to rule on the constitutionality of a law that allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates.


"If we're in violation of United States law, then we need to correct that," said state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler.

Last month, a panel of judges in California ruled that a similar law in that state violated the 1996 Immigration Act, which prohibits affording non-citizen students a benefit for which U.S. citizen students are ineligible.
In a letter to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Berman asked whether Texas is violating the same provision.

"It's an important issue because we're a nation of laws aren't we?" Berman said. "And we've got to obey our laws if we're a nation of laws."
Texas, in 2001, was the first state to enact a law that allows undocumented immigrants to pay less expensive in-state tuition rates.
It allows students to pay the lower rate if they graduated from high school or received a GED in Texas, have lived in the state for three years, and sign an affidavit verifying they are seeking legal residency. Critics say the law is just one more benefit that encourages illegal immigration and that it is unfair to citizens from other states who must pay higher tuition rates.

Texas legislator asks for ruling on allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition - El Paso Times

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Old 10-02-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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What a suprise! I live in Texas and can attest to the fact that in this state the illegal is considered first before the US citizen. My west Texas town looks more like Tijuana than smalltown America and the English language isn't the most spoken language on the streets here. Maybe it has something to do with laws being passed in Texas just like this one. C'mon Texas, shoot this down!!!
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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What a suprise! I live in Texas and can attest to the fact that in this state the illegal is considered first before the US citizen. My west Texas town looks more like Tijuana than smalltown America and the English language isn't the most spoken language on the streets here. Maybe it has something to do with laws being passed in Texas just like this one. C'mon Texas, shoot this down!!!
The economy and politics are making strange bedfellows these days.
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:29 PM
 
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Yipeee!!! Thanks Benicar!
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:35 PM
 
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You're welcome!
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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I hear something growing slightly louder in the background...What is that? Hummm....IT"S HAMMERTIME!!!
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Old 10-02-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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I hear something growing slightly louder in the background...What is that? Hummm....IT"S HAMMERTIME!!!
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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The economy and politics are making strange bedfellows these days.
I think these officals are afraid of losing their decent-paying jobs. Welcome to our world.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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Wooo hoo . . Hey Benicar you rock!
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