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A lot of words can be said and a lot of spinning can occur but in the end those that come here legally should be the ones getting the benefits. Breaking the law should never be ok for some and not others.
Until Washington fixes our broken immigration system there is no way that folks who can contribute to our economy and who we need to fill gaps in our labor force can reasonably be expected to "wait in line."
America should welcome people who want to work hard and try to make an honest living --trying to scare them off with these anti-immigrant measures not only wastes a ton of money, it's a distraction from the really important issues we face as a country.
It is the fact that many US citizens cannot afford higher education, so to allow non-citizens in for drastically reduced tuition or sometimes free tuition seems a little unfair. That is how most of the country views this issue.
In most cases, lowering the price of tuition so that more folks can pay has had the effect of increasing the revenue that the school collects---which is really crucial at a time when a lot of states are making drastic cuts to their higher education spending.
Also, most of the country---according to a wide variety of opinion polls---seems to support the DREAM Act, which is the federal equivalent of state-based tuition equity laws. I think most people realize that it makes no sense to let talented young kids (who have been educated here all their lives) slip through the cracks when it comes to college just because Washington can't fix our broken immigration system.