This is to response to those who voted against in-state tuition of the Longmont Times-Call on line poll.
If people could get past personal prejudices and look at the bigger picture to allow undocumented students the opportunity to go to state colleges, universities, and higher education schools this would benefit state, and nation.
Let me explain, when a student goes for higher education this puts money into the economy it pays taxes, students buy supplies, books, and personal items needed for school which adds to the economy.
Someone who has achieved the task of graduating school, who does not have a police record, and wants to continue education to benefit not only themselves but would contribute to our state and country because they are educated and would enhance this country positively not negatively.
We have people in this state who want to be haters and not give the opportunity. They want the undocumented to pay 3 times the amount, so this in turn does no one any good because most people cannot afford to pay 3 times the amount. If you were to allow the undocumented pay in- state tuition this would bring money to this state.
Think about it, a student who would pay $6,000 a semester, $12,000 a year, but because the student is undocumented they are told no sorry $36,000 for you. So the student does not pay anything, where the $12,000 would have come into the state. It seems like a no brainer to me when you have New Mexico, Utah and Kansas and even big red state Nebraska among 13 states that do allow in-state tuition this is because they can see and know what an opportunity this is, it is a way to bring money and opportunity to their states.
Linda A. Marquez