LatinaLista — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers outlined in his 6-page opinion that U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants have the right to receive in-state tuition.
Earlier this month, with universities and colleges gearing up for fall enrollment, Republican and Democrat politicians wanted to hold the children of undocumented immigrants accountable for their parents non-citizen status as it regarded to a new House Bill that had passed.
The only problem was that the punitive measure was a bad idea to begin with and under thoughtul scrutiny couldn’t hold up as being legal either.
Only a couple of hours after Colorado Attorney General John Suthers issued his opinion, some Colorado Republican lawmakers were vowing to introduce new legislation next year to close what the state’s conservative extremist politicians consider a loophole.
AG John Suthers
In the meantime, support for the Attorney General’s conclusions came from an unlikely camp â€” Colorado ‘s US House Representative Tom Tancredo â€” an ardent critic of undocumented immigrants.
“We’ve never had a problem with kids who are in the country legally,” Tancredo spokesman Carlos Espinosa said. “If they’re legal citizens, they should be granted in-state tuition.”
It’s a perspective that doesn’t just make sense or good policy but shows there’s a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.