Proposition 300 on the Arizona ballot this November 7, 2006 really cracks down on the Public Program Eligibility guidelines which currently allow loopholes for illegal aliens to receive adult education, in-state tuition, taxpayer funded child care and waivers, grants and other financial assistance benefits for illegal alien colleges students.
The fact that Arizona - and many other states for that matter -- currently allow taxpayer funds which are paid by the people of this country and intended to go to the people of this country keep getting diverted to pay for illegal aliens is beyond me.
- Why should an illegal alien family receive taxpayer funded child care rather than giving it to a needy family here?
- Why should an illegal alien received favored status as an in-state student over a citizens or legal resident of this country?
- Why should an illegal alien receive waivers, grants and financial assistance for schooling instead of raising the threshold of US citizens and legal residents that can be eligible to receive it?
- Why should an illegal alien be able to hop the border and instantly apply to go to an adult school here that the taxpayers pay for while there are many citizens who are denied because there is now no more room?
The answer to all of these questions is that they shouldn't!
No illegal alien in this country should receive a single dime in benefits before a US citizen or legal resident does.
It is simply ridiculous when you look at the political nature of this issue. You have the Democrats out there fighting to give illegal aliens more benefits while at the same time complaining that our education systems are falling apart. One of the key causes being the illegal alien children flooding our schools.
You have the Republicans out there, some of who are fighting to give illegal aliens legal status thus making them eligible for tons of government services, while at the same time calling for smaller government.
Both parties are hypocritical.
Proposition 300 hits all the nails on the head when it comes to the exploitation and looting of taxpayer funds and continuing the bait for even more illegal aliens to come here. It simply makes no sense that any of these suggestions was not included in the eligibility requirements from the start.
Below are the changes for eligibility that are being proposed.
But first let's take a look at some of the arguments opponents of Proposition 300 are making (We should make a drinking game based around how many times the implications is made that this is all racist.). From the Arizona Secretary of State Website (I have bolded portions).
This proposition comes from the frustration over the failure of the federal government to act responsibly and comprehensively on securing our border and reforming the immigration system.
This proposition wants state and school personnel making clerical decisions to become immigration police, without the proper tools. This proposition is not the answer. Securing the border, reforming work visa permits and identifying the millions of those in this country without proper documentation is what will eliminate the frustration for both employers and the public.
Kevin Rogers, President, Arizona Farm Bureau, Mesa
James W. Klinker, Chief Administrative Officer, Arizona Farm Bureau, Mesa
Paid for by "Arizona Farm Bureau"
While I agree that the feds aren't doing their job, why is it so bad to actually state that eligibility is denied for illegal aliens? What harm is there in that? If it's not stated then it is implied that illegal aliens are eligible. Rather than bitching and moaning that this can't be properly enforced why don't we start looking at putting a system in place that would allow it to be enforced? This type of general statement that it's the Feds fault is really sad. It's admitting defeat rather than standing up and saying "enough is enough" when it comes to the raiding of tax revenue.
The Arizona chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) supports equality and fairness for all people. We believe it is time for Arizonans to face the reality that, no matter what some may wish, those who are not in our country legally are not going to disappear if we deny them education or other benefits enjoyed by our citizens, as proposed by Proposition 300. The provisions relating to education, which would deny adult education classes to those not here legally and prohibit colleges and community colleges from giving resident status, scholarship assistance, and the like to such students, fly in the face of our state's need for an educated workforce to attract new jobs and lay the foundation of our economic future.
Similarly, the provision that would prohibit parents or other caretakers who are not legal residents or citizens from obtaining childcare assistance, presumably so they can work or attend school, relegates these parents and their children to a permanently disadvantaged status. This is punitive and illogical and will drain our resources in ways that are much more damaging.
Karen Van Hooft, State Coordinator, Policy/Spokesperson, Arizona NOW, Scottsdale
Eric Ehst, State Coordinator, Political Action, Arizona NOW, Phoenix
Paid for by "Arizona NOW"
This stance against Proposition 300 simply pisses me off. It is a communist manifesto pretty much.
First the fact that illegal aliens are not going to leave because we deny them a host of benefits could be true, we're not sure because we have never tried. However, this will surely discourage some from coming here in the first place. When word gets around that you can't just come to America, get free child care while you go to school, grab some free money for college and receive discounts, that will discourage a lot who do come to this country simply to get a free education on the US taxpayers back. Their statement above is so short sighted and ignorant.
The assertion that denying illegal aliens adult education, that saps resources that should be going to educate Americans and legal residents so they can fill the positions, just shows that the National Organization for Women believe that Americans and legal residents just don't have what it takes and we need an illegal workforce. The reason we have this lack of educated working people is because of these positions currently on the books. It's bloated our adult education systems and excluded people who should be receiving the benefits. Class sizes are filled with "special needs" illegal aliens who need someone to stop and pay more attention to their lack of skills rather than focusing on others who are actually supposed to be in the classes.
The denial of child care to illegal aliens portion is said by NOW to "relegates these parents and their children to a permanently disadvantaged status". And that's exactly how it should be! We should not be giving illegal aliens a comfortable life. They should have it hard and cruel so that they decide to leave the country when they realize it's no picnic here. And when they leave they'll tell the people in their home countries that America is tough to live in as an illegal alien and that the best thing to do is to apply to go there legally.
It really is common sense. The fact that some families will have to suffer for a while in order to get this problem under control is tragic, but the fact of the matter is they knowingly came here illegally so they should be expecting to have it hard, not receive a pass.
The mean spirited proponents of Proposition 300 ... The proponents have no interest in sound public policy, but rather to be mean spirited because they can ... The proposal is wrought with biases and prejudices that should not be allowed to continue in Arizona... We urge Arizona voters to maintain their sensibilities and not allow another divisive and destructive measure to be added to our statutes.
Jorge Luis Garcia, State Senator, Chairman, Legislative Latino Caucus, Tucson
Ben Miranda, State Representative, Chairman, Legislative Latino Caucus, Phoenix
Paid for by Jorge Luis Garcia
Ahh, the thinly veiled racism charge. When will those on the left actually propose something to deal with the problem of illegal aliens? Every time a proposal is brought up that attempts to cut down on illegal immigration it is just slapped with the racism stamp by these groups.
The only proposal they have made is to just make all the illegal aliens "legal" and then the problem will be solved as there would then be no more "illegal" aliens here. They have no solutions and they don't want any. They want everything to continue as it currently is. Free education, health care, child care, food, free of taxes and nobody trying to interfere with their rape and pillage of American taxpayers and the systems that were put in place for the citizens and legal residents of this country.
The Northern Arizona Interfaith Council believes that Proposition 300 (Public Program Eligibility) does not serve the best interest of families and communities in Northern Arizona. We oppose Prop 300 because passage will undermine our efforts to expand childcare for working families...
Linda Martinez, Co-Chair, Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, Sedona
Lucas Gomez, Treasurer, Northern Arizona Interfaith Council, Sedona
Paid for by "Linda M. Martinez"
I'm just going to stop right there because that is their only main concern with Proposition 300. If it passes then they will lose a lot of their "faith based" funding they get for child care. Don't these church groups get enough donations? Sure they do, but they'd rather also receive taxpayer funds... even from those who don't have the same faith or even have a faith. "Separation of Church and State" is crying.
Yuma County Interfaith Opposes Proposition 300
Stripping funding from Adult Education programs will prevent adults interested in a higher quality of life from going to school.
Msgr. Richard O'Keeffe, Yuma County Interfaith Co-Chair, Yuma
Mercedes Ruiz, Board Member, Yuma County Interfaith, Somerton
Paid for by "Yuma County Interfaith Sponsoring Committee"
I don't want illegal aliens to stay here and attain a higher quality of life. I want them to go home.
Valley Interfaith Project urges you to vote NO on Prop 300
This proposition claims to save state funds by denying access to financial aid to those without legal status, even though the vast majority of financial aid already requires students to prove their legal status.
Denies many immigrant parents the opportunity to learn English, which they know is essential for full participation in American society.
Marcie Escobedo, Chair, Phoenix
Richard White, Co-chair, Scottsdale
Paid for by "Valley Interfaith Project"
My question to the "Valley Interfaith Project" is what's wrong with requiring all financial aid programs to require proof of legal status? I mean if the vast majority already do why not make it all fo them?
Their claim that it will discourage "immigrants" from the opportunity to learn English is just outright wrong. Legal immigrants will still be eligible for all the programs Proposition 300 addresses.
The Arizona Interfaith Network opposes Proposition 300 (Public Program Eligibility) ...
AIN is an organization of 170 churches, schools, non-profits, businesses and unions throughout Arizona. We are Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Jewish and Muslim. We have researched Proposition 300 and discovered that it will hurt families, especially families with children.
Proposition 300, if passed, will create problems for many families and communities while solving none.
Proposition 300 will, if passed:
Roadblock many families needing childcare; Deny individuals seeking self-improvement the opportunity to learn English; Derail the ambitions of many high school students seeking higher education. ... Undermine communities, including communities promoting use of the English language.
Some advocates claim this proposition will help with the "illegal immigration problem". Our research has proven this is false.
Richard H. White, President, Scottsdale
Bonnie Danowski, Secretary, Scottsdale
Paid for by "Arizona Interfaith Network"
Yep, Proposition 300 will cause many problems while solving absolutely zero. Funny how they point out it will hurt "many" families. The only families affected are illegal alien families. This thing will also deny individuals who are neither citizens or legal residents the opportunity to attend college or learn English! We wouldn't want that now would we? The kicker: It will undermine communities who are promoting use of the English language. That's funny, I don't see the "Arizona Interfaith Network" encouraging a yes vote on Proposition 103 making English the official language of Arizona. Trying to appeal to the wants of the many even though you don't support them? Hypocrisy!
Then you've got these people who try to make it a "child hating" Proposition. Think of the children!
We, the members of the Coalition for Latino Political Action hereby ask the voters of Arizona to vote no on Proposition 300, which denies equal access to education for immigrants; many of which were brought to this country as children. ... If this ugly proposition passes, they will be turned away from equally attaining a higher education. We are losing out on the possibilities that these children can flourish ... They are bright and eager to go to school. Let's not deny them this opportunity and vote no against this mean-spirited proposition.
Lydia Guzman, Chairman, The Coalition for Latino Political Action, Glendale
Delia Torres, Co-Chair, The Coalition for Latino Political Action, Glendale
Paid for by "Lydia Guzman"
The people who support this Proposition are child hating, mean spirited immigrant haters according to the "Coalition for Latino Political Action" . Note the lack of anything mentioning "undocumented" or "illegal" above. If this argument was just read alone you would think Proposition 300 was written to deny all education for any immigrants and their children.
That about wraps up the arguments. Below are the specific portions and addendum's in Proposition 300.
5. Prescribe a course of study to provide training for adults to continue their basic education to the degree of passing a general equivalency diploma test or an equivalency test approved by the state board of education.
B. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL PROVIDE CLASSES UNDER THIS SECTION ONLY TO ADULTS WHO ARE CITIZENS OR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OR ARE OTHERWISE LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS SUBSECTION SHALL BE ENFORCED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.
C. THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL REPORT ON DECEMBER 31 AND JUNE 30 OF EACH YEAR TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ADULTS WHO APPLIED FOR INSTRUCTION AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ADULTS WHO WERE DENIED INSTRUCTION UNDER THIS SECTION BECAUSE THE APPLICANT WAS NOT A CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR WAS NOT OTHERWISE LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES.
15-1803. Alien in-state student status
B. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM AND IMMIGRANT RESPONSIBILITY ACT OF 1996 (P.L. 104-208; 110 STAT. 3009), A PERSON WHO WAS NOT A CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR WHO IS WITHOUT LAWFUL IMMIGRATION STATUS IS NOT ENTITLED TO CLASSIFICATION AS AN IN-STATE STUDENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15-1802 OR ENTITLED TO CLASSIFICATION AS A COUNTY RESIDENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15-1802.01.
C. EACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SHALL REPORT ON DECEMBER 31 AND JUNE 30 OF EACH YEAR TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WERE ENTITLED TO CLASSIFICATION AS AN IN-STATE STUDENT AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WERE NOT ENTITLED TO CLASSIFICATION AS AN IN-STATE STUDENT UNDER THIS SECTION BECAUSE THE STUDENT WAS NOT A CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR IS WITHOUT LAWFUL IMMIGRATION STATUS.
1825. Prohibited financial assistance; report
A. A PERSON WHO IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO IS WITHOUT LAWFUL IMMIGRATION STATUS AND WHO IS ENROLLED AS A STUDENT AT ANY UNIVERSITY UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS OR AT ANY COMMUNITY COLLEGE UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF A COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT IN THIS STATE IS NOT ENTITLED TO TUITION WAIVERS, FEE WAIVERS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE, FINANCIAL AID, TUITION ASSISTANCE OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT IS SUBSIDIZED OR PAID IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITH STATE MONIES.
B. EACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SHALL REPORT ON DECEMBER 31 AND JUNE 30 OF EACH YEAR TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO APPLIED AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WERE NOT ENTITLED TO TUITION WAIVERS, FEE WAIVERS, GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE, FINANCIAL AID, TUITION ASSISTANCE OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT IS SUBSIDIZED OR PAID IN WHOLE OR IN PART WITH STATE MONIES UNDER THIS SECTION BECAUSE THE STUDENT WAS NOT A CITIZEN OR LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OR NOT LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES.
C. THIS SECTION SHALL BE ENFORCED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN
8. "Eligible family" means CITIZENS OR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OTHERWISE LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND WHO ARE parents, legal guardians or caretaker relatives with legal residence in this state and children in their care who meet the eligibility requirements for child care assistance.
L. The department shall review each case at least once a year to evaluate eligibility for child care assistance.
M. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REPORT ON DECEMBER 31 AND JUNE 30 OF EACH YEAR TO THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE BUDGET COMMITTEE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FAMILIES WHO APPLIED FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FAMILIES WHO WERE DENIED ASSISTANCE UNDER THIS SECTION BECAUSE THE PARENTS, LEGAL GUARDIANS OR CARETAKER RELATIVES WHO APPLIED FOR ASSISTANCE WERE NOT CITIZENS OR LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OR WERE NOT OTHERWISE LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES.
N. THIS SECTION SHALL BE ENFORCED WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, RELIGION, GENDER, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.
Pretty clear cut. Illegal aliens are not eligible and the agencies must report the numbers who were denied as illegal aliens.
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Arizona Proposition 300 passed!