Christie Clears Way For Immigrants To Get Cheaper Tuition

Must have attended NJ high school for 3 years and graduated to be eligble

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday to allow undocumented immigrants who grew up in the state to pay discounted in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.

Immigration reform advocates had accused Christie of waffling on a promise to support a state version of the so-called DREAM Act as he eyes a possible 2016 presidential run, and Christie had harsh words Thursday for those who had “accused me and others of playing politics with this issue.”

But now that he’s signed the bill into law — in private, the Associated Press reports — the political implications will become clearer. If he ultimately does run for president, his support for the measure will undoubtedly be added to a growing list of reasons why some conservatives view him warily.

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The bill was negotiated between the Republican governor and the Democratic state legislature. The final compromise allows undocumented immigrants who have graduated from a New Jersey high school which they attended for at least three years to pay the lower in-state tuition rates at public institutions, including community colleges, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Christie conditionally vetoed a version of the bill, which allowed undocumented immigrants to apply for state-funded financial aid, earlier on Friday. The legislature removed that clause and sent the bill back to the Christie, who signed it in private. A ceremonial signing is expected later.

“I’m disappointed with that, but I still view this as a victory for young people who are Americans in everything but on paper,” said state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who had hoped that the bill would include the financial aid clause.

“This is what compromise looks like,” Christie said at a news conference. “Sometimes it’s quiet. Sometimes it’s loud.”

There are similar laws in at least a dozen states.

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smrgn14
smrgn14

A high school in Northern California wasn’t doing anything wrong when it asked students to turn their T-shirts with American flags inside out on Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican heritage celebration, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

The court said that the school officials’ concern that star spangled T-shirts might provoke racial violence outweighed the student’s rights to freedom of expression, and that it was correct of the officials to prioritize campus safety.

The school, Live Oak High School, has previously had problems between white and Latino students on the holiday celebrating Mexican troops’ defeat of the French army in 1862.

One of the lawyers representing the students said he will appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.



Read more: Court: School Was Right To Ban U.S. Flag Shirts To Ensure Campus Safety | TIME.com http://nation.time.com/2014/02/28/school-correct-to-ban-u-s-flag-t-shirts-for-campus-safety/#ixzz2ugcjk05h

wbarstow4
wbarstow4

Man these guys will do anything to get the votes for the Whitehouse. So a person that is a legal citizen of the US, who has worked there buts off in highschool has to pay higher rates than someone who is commiting a crime being here undocumented. Nice job Christie.

fredlb
fredlb

Christie has his eye on the White House, and he would grovel in the dirt if necessary to get the Hispanic vote for his run.   How can anyone respect a man like that, little on vote for him?  And if he does get to Washington he will be just like the rest of them since, like him, most Washington politicians don't believe in borders, national sovereignty, and the nation-state.

Yoshi
Yoshi

Just one more perk for sneaking you and your family in! 

Why have a rule about "borders", anyway? Political boundaries? Bah! Humbug!

rotorhead1871
rotorhead1871

its New Jersey,...and christie wants to get votes...

williamholder
williamholder

It's silly that residents of another state pay higher tuition but illegals from another country can send their kids to school here at reduced rates. We've done ourselves no favor providing incentives for and admitting many tens of millions to our country over the last 35 years. The finest highway system ever built is at capacity in many areas and in disrepair. Our schools crowded and performing poorly, Our healthcare burdened and not affordable. Our prisons crowded and turning out convicts with no fear of reoffending. I hope that some day we find the limits of political correctness and begin to act responsibly again.


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