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    Special Alert on stopping in-state tuition for illegals in Colorado again today.

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    Some good talking points that argue for out-of-state tuition for illegals center around the multi-million dollar budget shortfall Colorado faces for this year. The state is looking to trim its budget by $1B this year and almost $800M next fiscal year, starting in July. Higher tuition rates for illegals would assist in that effort to bring in more money.

    The state is also discussing mandatory furloughs for state workers, increasing college tuition across the board, and cutting $103M in funding to Colorado colleges and universities. I am sure many state jobs are on the cutting board as well in this budget crisis.

    State Draws Up 'Ugly List' To Make Up $1Billion Budget Shortfall

    Cutting College Funding, State Furloughs Considered

    Colorado lawmakers have drawn up an "ugly list" of potential steps to balance their recession-plagued budget, including funding cuts and tuition increases for higher education and one-day furloughs for state employees.
    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/19 ... ail.html#-
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93camaro
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    Summarized History for Bill Number SB09-109
    (The date the bill passed to the committee of the whole reflects the date the bill passed out of committee.)

    01/26/2009 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
    02/09/2009 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
    02/12/2009 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
    02/13/2009 Senate Second Reading Passed
    02/16/2009 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily
    02/17/2009 Senate Third Reading Passed
    03/02/2009 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
    03/12/2009 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
    03/23/2009 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily

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    Interestingly, Senators Suzanne Williams and Joe Miklosi have copied and pasted one another's text and respond with the exact same form letter to justify support of in-state tuition.
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    but it seems to me that we need to do more than just e-mail
    can't we have some kind of action that would show real numbers
    most aids see these emails and just hit the delete button and never pass this info on up the food chain.

    seems like the wheels are just spinning .

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    Magg, we usually call and then back it up with an e-mail or fax.
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    From: "Cory Gardner" <cory@corygardner.net>
    To: XXXXXXX
    Subject: RE: I oppose instate tution for illegal aliens
    Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 13:53:02 -0600


    Dear XXXXX,


    In 2006, Colorado convened an immigration special session concerning illegal immigration. Your letter regarding tuition equity arrives at a time that finds the state searching for answers to a most important question: should taxpayer dollars be used to provide state benefits for illegal aliens, including in-state tuition?

    To fully understand the significance of this question and what it means to this state, it is important to have at least a snapshot of Colorado demographics and economics. Over 4.5 million people live in the state, working in tourism, agriculture, technology and other sectors. It is estimated that somewhere between 250,000 to 300,000 illegal aliens reside in Colorado. Between 1990 and 2000, the number of illegal aliens in Colorado increased by more than 100,000. Colorado now has the 6th highest percentage of illegal aliens in the nation.

    In a study commissioned by Defend Colorado Now and written by Donald Rice, the cost of illegal aliens in Colorado is estimated at more than $1 billion per year. The organization also reported that Medicaid paid approximately $64 million for services rendered to illegal aliens in Colorado. According to an analysis by the Joint Budget Committee staff, in FY 2003-04, Health Care Policy and Financing paid 8,542 delivery claims for non-citizens at a total cost of over $30 million. Over 40 percent of all births paid by Medicaid were for non-citizens - both legal and undocumented immigrants.

    The budget for the state of Colorado is roughly $19 billion. Of this total, over $2 billion is spent on higher education. Roughly 200,000 in-state students attend state institutions, along with nearly 35,000 out of state students. According to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education Student Unit Records Data System, which contains student data provided by the institutions, of the 235,592 students enrolled last year, 98.6% provided valid social security numbers. The other 1.4% includes students who have permanent resident card numbers or Visas, or may be undocumented aliens. Because federal and state laws do not expressly prohibit the admission of undocumented aliens to colleges and universities, there is the possibility that undocumented aliens are already accessing postsecondary services in the State of Colorado, regardless of the availability of in-state tuition.

    Last year, I held a town meeting in my home town of Yuma, Colorado. Participating in the town meeting was a group of Hispanic high school students. They are students in a district that has, over the past 10 to 15 years, been transformed by immigration, growing from a very small percentage of minority students to a minority population approaching 50 percent. Because of federal and state law, it is impossible to determine how many students in the district are legal versus illegal.

    The students were bright, articulate, and eager to learn. And the one question they wanted to know more than anything – did I support in-state tuition for illegal aliens. And my answer – no. To some, this answer seems harsh. But it is a policy to which we must adhere. We must stem the tide of illegal immigrants coming into this state. We cannot, as a state or a nation, give benefits to those who are here illegally, above and beyond the services and benefits that we are willing to offer to every person lawfully present in the United States. Not only does this grant preferential treatment to those in the country illegally, it also disrespects those who enter, or who are attempting to enter, the United States through legal processes. We cannot reward illegal activity even if it is the result of decades of lax immigration enforcement. To do so is to create a system where the only expectation of the law is an expectation of little to no law enforcement.

    House District 63 is bordered by Kansas and Nebraska. Citizens from my district are strongly opposed to in-state tuition for illegal aliens, often commenting, “I can’t take my child to Nebraska and receive in-state tuition, why should we grant in-state tuition for people who are in this country illegally?

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    Response from Ted Harvey:

    Senate Bill 170, the bill to give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants, has been scheduled for a committee hearing this Friday. The Senate Appropriations committee will hear testimony and debate the bill this Friday in Senate Committee room 356 starting at 7:30.

    This hearing is your chance to weigh in on the bill - any interested citizen may testify. If you cannot come to the hearing, you may listen to the debate online at:

    http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2 ... o?OpenForm

    Rest assured that I will be a "no" vote on this bill. I'll let you know of any further developments.
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    Will be working on this!

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