Ten out of ten opinions promote single view
Does everyone support raising funds for college scholarships for illegal students?
If there is any dissent on the issue, you’d never know it by reading the Viewpoints section of the Arizona Republic. The Viewpoints are unanimous in presenting only one point of view. And if substantiation is needed the newspaper tells us that there is “a lot of common ground” on the issue since “lots of folks think it is un-American to punish people for crimes they didn’t commit” since “they are in this country illegally through no fault of their own,” and “want to go to college and give back to the community.”
Out of two full pages on the subject, ten individuals write columns in support of private financing of public education for college students illegally in the United States.
In The Dream Remains Elusive, lawyer Jose A. Cardenas writes that in 2006, Arizona voters approved Prop. 300. making university students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or who do not have lawful immigration status, ineligible for state-funded or subsidized financial aid. It also requires them to pay out-of-state tuition, which is currently about $18,000 a year at Arizona State University. In-state tuition is about $5,500.
Cardenas and his like-minded bevy of writers bemoan the fact that the tuition is too high, without stating, that in fact, the law does not prevent anyone from enrolling in the state community colleges or universities.
Tuition rates are excessive for many legal citizen students, also, but no one is offering them a DREAM Act or to foot their bills. Most work while attending school.
If you’re looking for balance, the daily newspaper is obviously not the place to find it. Go to Sea World and watch the big blue ball held aloft in a balancing act that is far preferable to this pathetic journalist venture.