Letters to the Editor: Praise for Herring, Warner Stances on Immigration

May 15, 2014 10:04 AM14 comments


Letters to the Editor: May 15 – 21, 2014

Praise for Herring, Warner Stances on Immigration


I was impressed with the recent decision by Attorney General Mark Herring to allow children of undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition. It was nice to see our senator, Mark Warner, praise the decision by saying that it “is an important step in the direction of fairness and economic opportunity”. It is reactions like these that make me hopeful for our country.

We hear often that “our country was built by immigrants.” I am proud to say that my parents contributed to that story. I am the child of an Ecuadorian mother and a Peruvian father, and a first generation American. My father started his own business here in Falls Church back in the 1970’s, and earlier this year I opened my law practice.

While I did not experience the struggles of being the child of undocumented parents, I am touched by their stories, their determination and their quest for an affordable education. I believe that everyone should be able to get an opportunity at his or her American dream.
Sen. Warner and other elected officials also make the point that in-state tuition for DREAMers makes economic sense. But more importantly, it’s the right thing to do for the children in Virginia that just want their own shot at success. I am glad Senator Warner recognizes that.

Chris Falcon

Falls Church


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  • Chris Falcon Impressed???

    Falon, Mark Herring & Mark Warner…How is this fair?? What about immigrants that did it the right way…legally! You people really don’t care about these illegals! All you want is more voters! You don’t care about the jobs taken from American citizens these criminals will take or the crimes being committed by them & their families! They bring disease and they are draining our welfare system! I hope they all move to your neighborhoods!

    How many DREAMERS have committed serious crimes? http://www.examiner.com/article/how-many-dreamers-have-committed-serious-crimes-since-receiving-amnesty

    • Gary LaPorta

      According to the American Immigration Council, “The 3.5 percent incarceration rate for native-born men age 18-39 was five times higher than the 0.7 percent rate for immigrant men in 2000.”
      Maybe immigrants moving into your neighborhood, Dee, might make it even safer.

    • Maybe if we help with their education, they will be less inclined to steal and do other serious crimes because they’ll have a way to make a living. Dee, I think you are a little over the edge on this issue. Disease? We are talking about kids who have been living in this country for a while. They have the same diseases as you would have. And how are legal immigrants any more “disease-free” than illegal immigrants who have lived here for their entire lives? I think I’d listen to your argument more if it wasn’t filled with so much vitriol.

  • JFallsChurch

    the logical conclusion to all this is free/gov’t paid college education for all.

    • To qualify for in-state tuition, they must meet the same requirements as other students, including one continuous year of Virginia residency. it’s not free. Discounted rate, just like any other kid living in VA.

      • JFallsChurch

        and be here legally?

        • Well, that’s the question, right? A change like AG Herring and Senator Warner supports means that these students would not have to be here legally. But the education would not be free or government-paid. It would be in-state tuition rates.

          • And who subsidizes in-state tuition rates? It’s we Virginia taxpayers who subsidize them.

          • Maybe in-state tuition rates are subsidized by the folks from out of state who come to go to our schools. It’s not all of your tax dollars.

  • With all due respect, this decision puts us another step closer to amnesty. How fair is that to immigrants who followed the rules, including my ancestors, as well as those of us who’ve been adversely affected by the economic turmoil of recent years?

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