Connecticut considers reduced tuition for children of illegal aliens

Not only the children of illegal aliens that were born in the United States, but also illegal aliens themselves. So if you’re born and raised in Agawam, Mass. and want to come to a Connecticut college, you need to pay the out-of-state tuition rate but if you enter the United States illegally and reside in Suffield, Conn. you may be able to cut your tuition bill in half.

As Howie Carr is famous for saying … I just want to be treated like an illegal alien. Jamie Muro starts off his article on the News 8 Connecticut website pulling heart-strings immediately.

It’s a dream for hundreds of Connecticut high school students, but it’s out of reach because they are illegal.

Proponents say there’s no cost to the state, and kids should not pay for mistakes made by their parents. Opponents say it’s full of potential problems.

Lorella Praeli of New Milford is so smart she’s been going to Quinnipiac University on grants and scholarships. She now wants to further her education at a state school, but has found a road block because she’s illegal.

Her mother brought her here for medical treatment years ago, and stayed when the tourist visa expired. Lorella excelled in high school.

OK … if there is no cost to the states, let’s just offer in-state tuition rates to everyone, everywhere and get on with it.

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26 replies
  1. southwest
    southwest says:

    THEY ARE ILLEGAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. andy@american
    [email protected] says:

    Isnt it heartwarming that the liberals care so much about everybody.  Well, that is everybody who isnt a law abiding, honest tax paying citizen who gives and gives and gives.

  3. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    1) Amend the Constitution to repeal the 14th Amendment, so we can be just like the rest of the world, and especially like all the socialist countries that the left so admires.  Citizenship of the child follows the citizenship of the parents.  End the anchor baby problem.

    2) Give all current illegals 30 days to get their affairs in order and leave on their own.  If they fail to do so, seize all their assets and expel them.  Enforce the law!  Repeat offenders should be dipped in permanent blue dye for easy identification.

    3) Fine every employer that hires illegals $10K per day per illegal.

    4) Stop all visas and immigration from any country that cannot or will not accept their wayward citizens.


    The road to citizenship begins in their home countries.  Don't reward squatters, particularly at the cost of spaces and financing in college for U.S. citizens.

  4. kipitwic
    kipitwic says:

    I am just so confused.  What part of illegal do these politicians NOT GET!  If you are illegal then you deserve none of the benefits of the legal citizens of the country.  Especially now since we are so in debt!  This should not even be an issue…Just the word NO.  Go back to your country and come back here legally.

  5. KrisTr
    KrisTr says:

    Let's not forget that after they "sacrifice" their way through discounted college they will be eligible for citizenship. 

    In my view, if they finish high school they would qualify they can join US military and then if they serve honorably they can receive citizenship (as they already could) and then go through college as veterans.

    Why liberals want to go around rules already existing and pretty generous.

  6. NH-Jim
    NH-Jim says:

    O.K. Proponents of this ridiculous proposal, prove to me that it does not cost one thin dime to the tax payers.  What is there some magical money tree in Tijuana, Bogota, or Caracsas that pays their way?


    Who pays for this, Mr. Mark Davis (ABC Channel 8)?  If you had any journalistic integrity you would do your own investigative journalism!  Do your job, not just spew sound bites from hacks like Wyman and Candelora!

    Are not these illegal students already costing the towns like New Milford money for local education?  Has this intelligent young lady's mother paid local taxes for this education?  Has her family paid state and federal taxes that are then returned to the municipalities in federal funding?  Why has she not applied for citizenship in all these years?  Ask the questions!


    You journalists have no problem digging into any grain of dirt of the likes of Joe the Plumber or Sarah Palin but, God forbid you dig into the background of boisterous illegals.  What are you journalists afraid of?  Ms. Praeli certainly is not afraid of you!!!


    Why am I doing your job, Mr. Davis?  Ask the questions!  Have some cojones!

    • mynoc3
      mynoc3 says:

      Great question, how is this being funded?  Last time I heard, their was this thing called a budget deficit.  The governor wanted to increase taxes and ask for union consessions to make up for it.  This reminds me of the federal governement: There is a deficit problem so let's ignore it and do something else.

  7. solution1
    solution1 says:

    In order to correct this wrong, will require corrective ACTION, by any and all concerned citizens, in particular during the next election, as the expression goes, in order for evil to triumph, requires good men to do nothing. So with that being said, here is what must be done to put an end to this. During the next election, 2012, you must get three or four of your like minded friends together and spend 10-12 hours of your time that day and go to all the polling places, New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, Danbury and even your own town if you feel that there may be a problem there, and engage in the following activity.  Stand outside the polling place, and just stand there and talk with each other, discussing all the problems with this state, that should pretty much take all day. However you must do this in the following attire, white shirt, a red, white or blue neck tie, or any combination of the above, black or blue dress pants, and most importantly a blue wind breaker type jacket with the letters ICE  in bold yellow letters on the back with the words Immigration, Control, Enforcer, spelled out in small letters. Be sure not to engage in any conversation with anyone, entering the polling place , but record all activity as you are there and spend your time counting all those that enter, then compare those results with the published poll results, and see if there are large differences between actual and published results. This cannot be considered intimidation, since there is no reason a legal citizen would feel threatened by this, and since they are the only ones able to vote, I do not see any problems. You cannot be harassed by Police because you are not impersonating an official Immigration, Customs, Enforcement official, since that is not what will be spelled out on your attire, and you have a right to peacably assemble, on public property, and no permit is required, because three to four people does not make for a crowd, and you are not demonstrating or holding any signs, so no permit is required. If any one should ask, you only have to say the jackets are for a club that you are a member of , and you are engaged in a private meeting, of members only. If you want your vote to count and to put a stop to your vote being canceled out by someone else who should not be voting, it will require YOU to take a stand, and actually do something. Or you can sit behind your computer screen on Nov 3rd and bitch and moan about yesterdays results. Oh, and one more thing you must do, that day, GET OUT AND VOTE FIRST. This is not for the faint of heart, you must not be intimidated, after all you are a citizen exercising your freedom of expression, and assembly.

    • 2MildBill
      2MildBill says:

      About the only thing you missed, was having a billy club that you smack your palm with on occasion.

  8. BEA
    BEA says:

    Wait…I’m?thinkin…if they are doing this for illegals,?just think what they’ll do for my kids!!!!! I’ve got three going to college in the next 4 yrs!!!!! Woot woot!!!!! 😉

  9. Plainvillian
    Plainvillian says:

    It’s all about nuance, dontcha know….?? Laws are just like, ya know, …. a bummer man.? Don’t Bogart that doobie, Mr. Looney, the Gov. deserves a righteous toke, man. ? Free everything for everybody, man. ? Cool.

  10. tmsheridan
    tmsheridan says:

    Don’t all legislators take an oath to uphold the laws of the state and the United States?? Isn’t there a law about illegal immigration? By sitting there and listening to someone admit thay are here illegally and to do nothing, report nothing, aren’t all these legislators breaking the law? Ya know what I mean, Jim?


  11. GdavidH
    GdavidH says:

    "It’s a dream for hundreds of Connecticut high school students, but it’s out of reach because they are illegal."


    It's out of reach because you can't afford it. Go to your home country and get edumacated on somebody elses dime.

  12. cpusavant
    cpusavant says:

    It says they came on a visa and overstayed – isn't that exactly what terrorists do? If you want to stay in this country after your visa, go through the proper way. The visa/immigration system needs to be overhauled, but if you're here illegally now, and you want to portray yourself as hard-working and "a good person", then get yourself legal.

    It also says she went to Quinnipiac, and now wants to continue at a state university. So she's graduated from college? Why not go out and GET A JOB – oh, wait, you're illegal, you can't. Why not take your new skills and education (which you got for free) and go back home and make your own country better so your fellow countrymen/women can prosper there, and not have to break the law to try to earn a good living.

  13. winnie888
    winnie888 says:

    We'll just revise the Martha Coakley statement ,“It isn’t illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts" to the obvious, "It isn't illegal to be illegal in Connecticut".  Followed up by, "CT doesn't suck nearly as bad as the surrounding states, but we're working reeeeeeally hard so that eventually we will."   More freebies for illegals while actual citizens are struggling and the democrats can't come up with a viable budget?  This is just state level dream act crap and it shouldn't even be on the table.

  14. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    Why are you people so full of hate? She just wants to make the grades American students won't make.

  15. William
    William says:

    VA has this DREAM act illegal-immigrant vote buying already. But here's how it works if you do follow the rules. My wife went to school in VA where her parents lived at the time and paid in-state tuition. When her PARENTS moved to CT during her Junior year they immediately changed her status to out-of-state even though she had not changed her state of residence. This did wonders for the amount of student loans she now had vs had expected. It's a little off topic, but works along the same theme of "doing the right thing is punished, not rewarded"

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