The Texas DREAM Act: Forcing the Taxpayer to Reward Illegal Behavior

  Is there a government prize for breaking the law in Texas?  The Texas DREAM Act forces the taxpayer to reward those who continue to break the law by illegally residing in the United States. Since being signed into law by Gov.  Rick Perry in 2001, the Texas DREAM Act has provided in-state tuition and need-based financial aid to illegal immigrants attending Texas’ public higher education institutions. And with the state spending over $7 mllion for the 2,156 Texas Grants awarded to illegal immigrants in 2010, the cost of these handouts add up fast. Additionally, the Texas DREAM Act causes a misuse of taxpayer and state financial resources since the taxpayer is forced to subsidize the higher education of adults who cannot legally work in the United States.  Rewarding illegal immigrants with in-state tuition is unfair to out of state U.S. citizens and legal international students, who have to pay close to $20,000 more each year to attend 4-year universities.  The Texas DREAM Act is bad policy, and it should be repealed immediately. It is a common misconception that public college tuition is subsidized to reward those who pay taxes.  If this was the case, why collect those taxes in the first place?  The point of subsidizing higher education at public institutions in the state is to train the future workforce of Texas.  A more knowledgeable and productive workforce will boost the economic output...

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