Deirdre Reilly, LifeZette, August 9, 2016
A new fall semester is about to begin. And while American college students struggle to pay for their higher education and long to be the fortunate recipients of college scholarships, illegal immigrants find their path lined with institutionalized supports, loads of scholarship money–and a healthy dose of “go get ’em kid,” as they break U.S. law.
This isn’t an underground network of support. These entities who push avenues for illegals to obtain higher education are hiding in plain sight.
Just this May, former Secretary of Homeland Security and current University of California president Janet Napolitano announced a three-year commitment to support illegal UC students university-wide.
“We are committed to continuing a path forward for undocumented students at the University of California,” Napolitano said in a website message. “This funding will further strengthen the university’s undocumented student initiative, and help ensure that these students receive the support and resources they need to succeed.”
The university reports it will earmark a staggering $8.4 million through the 2018-19 academic year for undocumented student support across 10 campuses, which will be divided among three initiatives–the federal DREAM loan program will receive $5 million a year for at least three years, making student loans available to illegals who are not eligible for federal aid. Additionally, $2.5 million will go to funding textbooks for illegals, funding payroll for student services coordinators, and offering graduate and undergraduate fellowships for illegals.
And incredibly, if students are here illegally, they can visit the UC’s Undocumented Legal Services Center, which receives a whopping $900,000 per year to advise illegal students on how to become educated while breaking the law.
In Chicago, Loyola University students conceived and then overwhelmingly approved the Magis Scholarship Fund to benefit illegals–to be paid for by legal students and their hard-working parents. Their vote was approved by the supposed grownups in the room, the University’s Board of Trustees.
The scholarship’s mission is to not only help “undocumented” undergrads with school costs, according to the school’s website, but also to “jumpstart conversations in and outside the classrooms.”
An additional $2.50 “student fee” is added to each Loyola University student’s semester tuition bill–raising roughly $50,000 each year for the fund. The scholarship is a joint partnership between LASO and the Student Government of Loyola Chicago.
“Schools are placing U.S. students at a disadvantage by designating a portion of seats to foreign students–this is done largely to garner more money for the schools,” Marguerite Telford, director of communications for the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) in Washington, D.C., told LifeZette. “But when you give seats to illegal aliens, it reduces the number of seats available to U.S. citizens.”
“A couple of states allow illegals to pay in-state tuition, which is kind of strange–you can’t be a U.S. citizen residing in Virginia and get in-state tuition in other states, yet someone who shouldn’t even be in the country can,” said Telford. “American students and their families lose spots in our education system.”
MALDEF, a civil rights organization for Latinos, lists at least 50 different scholarship opportunities for illegal aliens–including scholarships funded by Microsoft. The tech giant will pay partial or even full tuition for a full year for someone here illegally.
The Kaiser Permanente Health Care Career Scholarship Program awards $2,000-$10,000 scholarships to illegal aliens, and PFLAG National Scholarship Program will fund illegals who self-identify as LGBT with $1,000 to $5000 a year if they have a plan to work within the LGBTQ community after graduation.