90 Miles From Tyranny : Virginia Gives Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition at Public Colleges, Aid for Private Universities

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Virginia Gives Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition at Public Colleges, Aid for Private Universities


Starting this fall Virginia will offer illegal immigrants discounted in-state tuition at taxpayer-funded colleges as well as financial aid to attend private universities. This month the state’s governor, Ralph Northam, signed the new law during a heavily publicized visit to Marymount University, a private Arlington college with an enrollment of about 3,200. “These students have grown up in our communities across Virginia,” the Democrat lawmaker said during the signing. “They’ve attended the same schools as their classmates and neighbors, they have taken the same tests, they have played on the same teams, eaten in the same lunch rooms and even gone to the same dances. They are valued members of our communities, and they are Virginians in every sense of the word except for immigration status – something that was chosen for them, not by them, by families just wanting a better life for their children.”

Virginia has 15 public four-year universities, according to its State Council of Higher Education, and dozens of private institutions that will help educate illegal immigrants on taxpayer dime. While more than a dozen other states offer illegal aliens discounted tuition at public universities, Virginia is taking it a step further by also doling out money for a private education. The money will flow through a special program called Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) that annually provides tens of thousands of legal state residents with grants to attend private institutions of higher learning. To be eligible, candidates must be a domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the state code, which essentially says individuals shall establish by “clear and convincing evidence” domicile in the Commonwealth for a period of at least one year immediately succeeding the establishment of domiciliary intent. It is not clear what if any changes will be made to the code so illegal immigrants meet the criteria.

More than 12,370 undocumented students are enrolled in higher education in Virginia and the state sees 2,000 illegal immigrants graduate high school annually, according to the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, a platform that tracks and supports undocumented and international students in the U.S. Additionally, Virginia has an illegal immigrant population of 265,830, the group’s figures show. The nonprofit claims that its mission is to build a diverse movement of partners and...




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3 comments:

P n E said...

Ralph Northam has worked really really hard to try and become the worst Governor in the US. He has almost gotten there and I have confidence that he will achieve his goal before Terry McAwful takes his place in the next election.

JG said...

I am glad I moved out from Virginia. Any state paying anything for any illegal or legal alien is wrong. I was living in Leesburg (Loudoun County) in 2005 before I moved to Georgia. The problems in LCPS were already in progress and my sons had graduated, but it was a chore. Me and my wife had problems with the teachers and the school system, and we ended up tutoring them so they could learn properly. Both went to Trade School and make great salaries (more then I make as an Engineer). Trade School is much less than one year of college and then they had to purchase tools in their fields over time.

P n E said...

JG, trade school is the way to go. I have 2 that are just about finished with high school and thankfully neither one seems interested in college. I am just north of Fredericksburg but our time in Va. is coming to an end as the infection that is Northern Va. is spreading statewide. Hope Georgia can turn things around before it is too late.