Should Illegal Immigrants be Allowed to Attend College

There are so many illegal immigrants in the United States, more than we can imagine, yet so many of them are living their lives as if they were legal residents.

They shop at their own stores and do business with people from their own country whenever possible. They come around the Americans, only when they have to acquire something which they cannot acquire from their own people. This is not unusual because many of the immigrants from other countries did the same thing.

The state of Rhode Island attracts so many immigrants because of the many factories that are still operating in the state. There are over two thousand eight hundred factories that employ immigrants, and some may be illegal immigrants. When they are discovered, the illegal immigrants are sent back to their country.

Many of the immigrants also seek jobs in the southern part of Rhode Island, whose history attracts tourists who want to know more about the early settlers of this country. Because of that, there are summer jobs which are available. The immigrants take these jobs low paying and many sign as independent contractors, which eliminates the tax burden for the business owner.

They are required to show documentation that they are working and living legally in the United States, but the paperwork may be false or erroneous. Immigration officials are assigned to investigate them and when the immigrants discover that they are being investigated, they flee to another state. Disagreements and arguments with spouses is usually the cause of the investigations.

Now, the State of Rhode Island has granted permission for illegal immigrants to attend college at a reduced rate in an attempt to collect much needed revenue for the state. The parents of students who attended high school for three years in Rhode Island and received a degree are eligible for this opportunity. There is a stipulation, however, the immigrants must apply for legal status as soon as they are able or face losing the tuition.

Although the lawmakers argue that allowing illegal immigrants to attend college would contribute new to a stronger work force and improve the quality of life in Rhode Island, many legal residents who are struggling to pay tuitions oppose this new ruling.

It will be interesting to see how many of the illegal residents attending colleges actually complete their studies and how many of them secure jobs after they graduate.

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