For In-State Tuition, Show Us the Taxes
William Dimitri, of Johnston, makes an interesting suggestion regarding in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, in a Providence Journal letter that does not appear to be online:
On the one hand, those fortunate enough to earn in excess of $250,000 already pay a substantial amount of taxes, but that fact seems to escape the grasp of the … proponents [wish to increase those taxes].
On the other hand, it is highly unlikely that those illegal immigrants whom Diaz, Pichardo and the other “immigrant advocates” want to benefit have ever paid income taxes.
How about requiring that those illegal immigrants provide copies of their tax returns for every year they have been in Rhode Island before granting them the privilege of paying in-state tuition rates (which would make the idea more palatable to those who do pay taxes and tuition, like me) and leave those who work legitimately and pay taxes alone and in peace.
Honestly, I don’t know the statistics for illegal immigrants and income taxes, and even were such requirements included for in-state tuition, I’m can’t say I’d be for it. How about requiring people to follow the proper procedures for entering and remaining in this country? Especially with in-state tuition, which amounts to government-subsidized higher education, following the rules for becoming a legal resident seems the least one can do.