This bill was, of course, preposterous. These “students” would have none of the responsibilities of being a citizen, including the ability to vote, or pay income tax or have jury duty. They are; however, typically a burden on social service programs. As a result, the case could be made that they should pay double tuition.
Nevertheless, as I have mentioned here before, these people are felons. Being in the
illegally is a felony. Most of them do so under fraudulent documents with fake social security numbers, or by actually committing identity theft; another felony. United States
Rep. Filipe Reinoso (D-Bridgeport) spearheaded the effort to obtain this giveaway to illegals. But the most obnoxious advocate of this measure was by far Minnie Gonzalez, who threatened the General Assembly during floor debate on May 17th, saying if they continued to treat illegals as “second-class citizens” that she would make life “miserable” for all of them.
I still have yet to see any coverage of her outrageous outburst from any mainstream media outlets, but if anyone can show me where it appears, I would be very interested.
In her veto message, Governor Rell said “This bill does not address the underlying problem that these students face – that they are not legal residents of the
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State Senator Dan DeBicella (R-Shelton) probably summed it up best in commending Governor Rell for the veto: “In a world of limited resources, we need to prioritize financial aid for legal residents over special benefits for illegal aliens – the governor has just done that.”