I contacted Rep. Robert Ramirez – a Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives from Westminster after I read in the Boulder Daily Camera (4/26)
that as a member of the Education Committee he voted against legislation that would have enabled students who attend Colorado high schools (with academic qualifications) to receive in-state college tuition if their parents brought them
here illegally. His vote and those of other Republican House members killed the bill in committee. The Colorado Senate had approved the bill.
I am terribly disappointed in his vote. It was an opportunity to do the “right thing” and enable these children to have the opportunity to go on to higher education. They do not
need a civics lesson – they are bright enough to understand all the hardships that have been inflicted on their lives and those in their families by their parents illegal immigration and they should not be penalized for trying to attain a higher level of education which in most cases they cannot remotely afford.
Twelve other states including Utah, Kansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma have passed laws enabling children of illegal immigrants to receive in state tuition for college.
I am a retired librarian and first generation American whose parents came here as children in the early part of the 20th century when this country was welcoming of the “poor and huddled masses yearning to be free.” It is a American tragedy that these
young people do not have the same opportunities that my generation had in the 20th century.