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By Mary Starrett
5, 2009

High school grads who'd like to attend college in another state often can't unless they can afford to pony up thousands in out-of state tuition .Of course, if said high school grad is an un-convicted felon, it's a whole different story. Under proposed federal legislation, illegal aliens (these days referred to as undocumented students/immigrants/residents) who wish to attend state colleges and universities would be able to do so without paying the higher out-of state charges.

The so-called DREAM (Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act (HR 1751 and S759) would grant legal status to illegals who came to the US before turning 16 and who have lived here for at least five years; but not before giving him or her a seat in a college classroom that may have been denied to your child.

Under the latest Dream Act, legal status would be available to students who have completed high school, received a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) or have been admitted to an institution of higher education. That status would be valid for up to six years.

Of course, this begs the question we've learned not even to ask anymore, "how do those here illegally show up at schools for years without being detected, summarily booted and then deported?"


The DREAM Act is actually a recurring nightmare that’s been haunting us for years. Among those pushing this free ride bill are unions, always on the prowl for future dues-paying members. According to what has been termed the “Hispanosphere” by pro- illegal immigration websites the DREAM ACT is “the bill that won’t go away.”

First introduced in 2000, The DREAM Act’s timing couldn’t be worse. This piece of legislation has support from both parties- reminding us the two parties are no longer distinct but the same on virtually every issue- especially amnesty for illegals. The Act would further bankrupt our colleges and take precious resources away from hard working American citizens and their children.
According to the immigration reform group FAIR, the DREAM Act would:

1 - Reward parents who violated immigration laws through their children, and provide a powerful incentive for more illegal immigration.

2 - Transfer seats and tuition subsidies to illegal aliens at a time when state higher education budgets are being slashed, admissions curtailed, and tuitions increased.

3 - By broadly defining "student" it gives amnesty to large numbers of illegal aliens who may be pursing any sort of education.

4 - Accelerate chain migration and exponential population growth because illegal aliens who are granted green cards will be able to petition the Department of Homeland Security in the future to grant their parents and relatives legal status too.

Adding insult to injury, after you, the American taxpayer, have paid thousands per year to educate each of the millions of "undocumented students" through grade school and high school, you would then be asked to subsidize their college tuition.

While "undocumented immigrants" cost Americans more and more money we simply do not have, Hispanic activist groups continue to push the envelope. According to the Associated Press, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), one of many radical groups crying for "equal rights" for the (illegal) Hispanics in this country, has vowed to keep its workshops closed to “Anglos.”

The invitations went out saying races other than Hispanic were not welcome. (Just TRY sending out a notice that said "Whites Only"!) Spelling Bees are being held for children in American public schools in Spanish. Kids who can't read or write or speak the English language are being given a shot at excelling in their native tongue.

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Remember that Republicans and Democrats alike are supporting this piece of legislation. Time is short to let your elected representatives in the House and the Senate know you’re having enough trouble putting your own kids through school, and that this is one DREAM you don’t want to come true.

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Mary Starrett was the Constitution Party candidate for Oregon governor in November, 2006, a TV news anchor and talk show host for 25 years and a radio talk show host for 5 years.

Executive Director, Oregonians for Life, Board of Directors, Christian Family Adoptions.

She is currently the Communications Director for the Constitution Party. The Constitution Party is the fastest-growing minor political party ( and is made up of Americans who believe a return to constitutional government is imperative.

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Remember that Republicans and Democrats alike are supporting this piece of legislation.