Congress Moran’s News Commentary: Working for Immigration Reform

May 7, 2014 5:34 PM13 comments

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Thousands of “Dreamers” across Virginia woke up to incredible news last week when Attorney General Mark Herring announced that undocumented students who were brought to the United States as children qualified for in-state tuition at Virginia’s colleges and universities. Specifically, Herring’s decision extends in-state tuition to nearly 8,000 students who are legally eligible through President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This decision is a godsend for those students, who are forced to work overtime to pay inflated out-of-state tuition rates because House Republicans continue to stall on comprehensive immigration reform.

There are students like this all across our country who were brought to the U.S. as children by their parents, worked to succeed in high school while often juggling demands on their time far more than the average student, and are doing their best at college to become valuable, contributing members of our society. Undocumented immigrants have had legal access to public colleges and universities since the 1980’s, but federal law limits states from offering these same students in-state tuition to public post-secondary institutions.

Sadly, House Republicans would rather sit on their hands and watch as children are uprooted from the only home they’ve known and deported than act on a comprehensive immigration reform package that secures our borders, protects workers, unites families, and provides a roadmap to earned citizenship. The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform package by an overwhelming margin nearly a year ago and sent it to GOP leaders in the House. In the 312 days since, House Republicans have refused to bring H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, up for a vote, even though it has majority support needed to pass, preferring to leave our broken, outdated laws in place.

The bipartisan Senate plan creates a roadmap to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before 2012 provided they pass a background check, have not been convicted of a serious crime, and pay assessed tax liability and appropriate fees. The bill includes the DREAM Act to provide an expedited path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country before the age of 16 and who have completed high school or obtained a GED in the U.S. The legislation would also increase the number of visas available to immigrants employed in high-skill and agricultural sectors, while strengthening penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers or violate workplace rights.

Herring’s actions have changed the lives of thousands of students and their families in Virginia. He’s also highlighted our need for comprehensive federal action to finally address our broken immigration system. I am hopeful that Republican leadership will allow comprehensive immigration reform legislation to receive an up or down vote in the House. Rest assured that I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform and will do all I can to help pass such legislation this year.

  • JFallsChurch

    no one is “forced” to work overtime to pay for college.

  • http://24ahead.com/ 24AheadDotCom

    1. They aren’t “undocumented immigrants”. The country Rep. Moran supposedly works for gets to define who is and who isn’t an immigrant. By coming here or being brought here illegally, they don’t meet the requirements to be immigrants. Someone who only has a visitor’s visa wouldn’t be called an immigrant, someone who hasn’t been admitted by Harvard wouldn’t be called a Harvard student, and so on. The legally-correct term is illegal alien. It’s the term used in the laws Rep. Moran swore to uphold, but obviously he doesn’t care about that.

    2. What about a U.S. citizen from another state who wants to attend a college in Virginia? They’ll have to pay the full rate. In other words, Rep. Moran wants to give a citizen of a foreign country a better rate than one of his own fellow citizens.

    Rep. Moran is turning his back on his fellow citizens, and voters should return the favor the next chance they get.

  • Godless AnCap

    Dear Congressman Moron (not a typo)

    It’s people like you who refuse to respect America’s borders, sovereignty and more importantly our Immigration Laws, that these people are suffering. It is because of people like you that illegals aren’t deported and our Laws enforced to keep them out that we have these problems. You mention the Immigration Bill that was passed last year, but not the Border security bill that was passed 8 years ago and still hasn’t been completed. There is significant evidence that Border security cuts down Border crossing, as we have examples of it in Israel where border crossings are down 99% since the new walls have been constructed. It’s sick that citizens of a different country get in-state tuition over American Citizens of a different state. You and the rest of the traitorous scum who run this country will be punished come November. That includes Cantor and Boehner as well.Deport all Illegals, slash Asylum and Legal immigration by 90% and seal the Borders. As for that pathetic Pathos Appeal, deportation numbers are inflated by Border stops and are misleading. Millions of children are torn apart from their families, because their Parents commit crimes. It’s sad, but it’s life get over it.

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obama-deportations-20140402-story.html#page=1

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/12/deportations-come-mostly-from-border-dhs-chief-say/?page=all

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/may/16/barack-obama/obama-says-border-fence-now-basically-complete/

    • Sadin Peace

      “It’s life get over it”

      • Godless AnCap

        Hell isn’t real, so I’m not too worried about it. I also noticed you didn’t actually refute anything I wrote.

  • wigglwagon

    Immigration will continue to be a major problem until Congress passes a bill requiring prison time without parole for the employers of illegal workers.

    That would immediately eliminate largest part of the problem. Doing that 30 years ago would have saved the lives of the thousands of people who died in the desert while coming here for jobs. That would also put at least 8 million American workers back on jobs and paying taxes instead of needing to collect unemployment and welfare. That would go a long way toward eliminating the annual deficit.

    Now they are hauling the illegal workers north in 44 passenger tour buses instead of the 15 passenger vans they used before Mr. Deporter-in Chief took office.

  • wigglwagon

    In Virginia, people used to have to purchase Virginia license plates for their vehicles. Now, there are an awful lot of out of state plates being used by people who live here. Are these the same people who do not have to be legal residents in order to pay in-state tuition fees to state colleges?

  • Tom Smith

    Who pays for all these illegal “students”?
    Public Universities are subsidized, by, well, the American public (i.e., U.S. citizens),
    via both Federal and State government.
    So, individuals in the country illegally will now be able to:
    1. OCCUPY limited seats at colleges that should go to American citizens.
    2. Enjoy the largesse of the public taxes subsidizing colleges.
    3. Enjoy in-state-tuition where law-abiding
    American citizens from other states would have to pay exorbitant out-of-state tuition.
    If they are going to be allowed to attend, and swallow up limited seats,
    at least force their home countries to pay the Tens of thousands in fees.
    Don’t force Americans to do this.

    • Godless AnCap

      Not to mention they’ll benefit from Affirmative Action in the States that have it.

    • SmartyPant

      Free competition. You wont get scholarship just because you are born in America.

      • Tom Smith

        You get nothing, not even a chance to compete,
        if you are here illegally.

        • SmartyPant

          No need to coz I am a high school drop out..opps

  • intercolor

    We are waiting ( almost 20 years) for our papers from USICS but my children laughing at my American dream as it is a joke.
    My Mother immigrated to New York in 1993 and became a US CITIZEN in September 2000 and filed for my immigration.
    I was 30 years old then, thought I would start my boutique in NYC.

    I wanted to start my children’s education there.
    I am 44 years old now, My daughter is 20 years and my son is 18years old today.
    My Mother is 70 years old widow, living alone in NYC.
    I
    asked her to come back and live with us here in India, but she is
    attached to her church group and still believe that our papers will get
    cleared soon and we will live together in New York.

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