Friday, September 30, 2011

Immigration Law

 I recently read this article published in the commentary section of the Austin American Statesman website on September 17th titled Perry Rightly Defends Tuition Program, discussing immigration related topics. The article, I believe was written from a Republican point of view, as the title seems to be biased. The author commend Governor Rick Perry on his defense and views on illegal immigration and in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. The author is basically claiming that the state of Texas is justified in paying tuition of illegal immigrant because those individuals are here at no fault of their own and working towards goal to improve their situation. Perry states " I'm proud that we are having those individuals be contributing members of our society rather than telling them you go be on the government dole." When discussing an opposition's rebuttal, the author calls the representative "shortsighted." He credits himself by reminding the audience that the Supreme Court noted that free public education benefits us all.
 I believe the article is extremely biased and disagree with the author. When asked what he would do to remove illegal immigrants from our country, Rick Perry avoids the question and blames the problem on the federal government. Lack of security. Shouldn't that be the area of focus?
 Towards the end of the article the author admits to bold statements such as "is free public education a lure to illegal immigrants [for votes], perhaps.." and even shares the high courts opinion on the subject that the Texas law "contributed to the creation and perpetuation of a subclass of illiterates within our boundaries, surely adding to the problems and costs of unemployment, welfare, and crime."
 The author of this article did a good job. A good job of convincing me that his opinion is skewed.

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