January 27, 2008
Anti-Immigrant Legislation Hurts the Drive to Educate Young People in America
One of the many powerful initiatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is its goal of educating young people in the United States. An article in the January 27, 2008, New York Times suggests that the many state initiatives aimed at limiting illegal immigration may actually hurt the drive to educate young people overall. Here is an excerpt from the article:
A report to the Legislature in December found that about 1,700 students had been denied in-state tuition at the Maricopa colleges because they were not able to prove their legal status, though it was unclear how many had dropped out.
Officials at the University of Arizona in Tucson said that some of the 200 to 300 dropouts from last fall were also illegal immigrants. Pima Community College, estimated that as many as 1,000 students may have been affected by the law.
More than enrollment declines, however, what worries some educators here is that nonlegal residents — some of whom have lived in the United States since infancy and attended American high schools — will be afraid to pursue any form of higher education.
For the entire article, go to "Arizona Law Takes a Toll on Nonresident Students" in the New York Times.
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