It was once said that America was a nation founded by geniuses and run by idiots. Nowhere is that more evident than the infamous “Dream Act” which allows children of illegal aliens to qualify for in-state college tuition. There is no other country in the world that even bothers to provide benefits to illegal immigrants other than the United States.
Why is this insane? Illegal immigrants do not pay taxes yet frequently exploit the benefits by taking advantage of a loophole in the Constitution which deems anyone born in the US is a citizen at birth. Consequently to ensure maximum benefits, illegal immigrants have large families which helps to overload the welfare system which is already struggling to keep up.
The Chinese say “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a meal. Teach him to fish and you give him a livelihood.” It has been demonstrated time and time again that when Society provides free handouts, the result is minimal or non-existent. Welfare is a brilliant example of this and originally intended to provide temporary assistance to those in need, it has mutated into a form of subsistence with 2nd and 3rd generation recipients, with no intention to work full time and repay Society for its generosity.
It is not uncommon for many states to pickup car insurance, registration or even internet access for welfare recipients because “they can’t afford it.” It’s amazing how many of these folks who are too poor are still able to find funds to buy alcohol and cigarettes. Drug usage is also prevalent and again it’s obscene they take advantage of this help with no feelings of guilt.
The rationale for allowing children of illegal immigrants is flawed and assumes the children will be come functioning members of society and thus “reimburse” America for supporting their families. First what are the odds that children of illegal immigrants will be accepted into a college? Second, if they are accepted, what are the odds they will select a major that will earn a significant amount of income? Lastly, even if they get a major that will earn a significant amount of income, what are the chances they will be productive enough to pay enough taxes to offset the funds their parents had garnered illegally?
Years ago, Hawaii attempted to do something similar to this with a program called “Career Opportunity Program” or COP which allowed students from low-income families to attend college to earn degrees with the intent to pay taxes to help offset welfare benefits given to their families. The program fell flat on its face with many of the students using the money to buy stereos, visit discos, purchase cars, etc. Many of the students dropped out of college and never finished their degrees, which left them to take low paying jobs and Hawaii never collected on their “investment”.
It is once said those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Looking at allowing children of illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition will end just like the ill-fated COP that was tried in Hawaii many years ago.