(CNN) - Both houses of the New Jersey legislature plan to vote Monday on a controversial bill backed by Democrats that would qualify illegal immigrants for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.
Supporters hope to pass the measure before Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office. Gov.-elect Christopher J. Christie, a Republican who takes office January 19, has said he opposes the bill.
On Thursday, a Senate vote on the legislation was postponed.
After hours of heated debate January 4, the bill passed the Assembly Appropriations Committee, 7-4, and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, 8-6. Both votes were along party lines.
What hypocracy are these Democrats full of. First they must require some government official to "document" the "illegality" of the immigrant or they wouldn't qualify for such "in state" tuition discounts. Then they will, by law, endorse the illegality and somehow eliminate the proper "reporting" of these illegals to officials while forcing the legal NJ taxpayers to subsidize the education of these illegals.
Think about it. By the time the illegal is college age he/she can get a job and put themselves through college like anyone else. Since they are illegal in the beginning, why not just go back to Mexico and attend universities there. There are plenty of fine universities in that country.
What part of "illegal " don't we as Americans understand?
Call them undocumented, call them migrant, part time or whatever, but if they are here, wihtout proper approval, they are illegally entitled to benefits!
I'm third generation Italian American. My family waited their turn to get here. Everyone who wants to be an American should have the chance..to be an American, but legally. Until then, let their country of origin pay for their needs.
Is this a joke or the Author of this article is just inciting the public?
Oh this is just great!!! Now the American kids willhave to go even further in the back of the line to get help with college. What is wrong with you people?????
They are cramming stupid stuff through just like Reid and Pelosi are trying before they lose power. Why are they trying to ruin this country with increased taxes from all working Americans? This isn't the United States of Robin Hood.
They are here ILLEGALLY. Throw them out of OUR country.
In-state tuituion for Illegal immigrants? Bizzare! They are here ILLEGALLY and should have NO benefits!
Democrats: The party of the anti Americian
why would they want to do this????
So if someone who is in this country illegally and living in New Jersey can possibly pay in-state tuition, what about us military servicemen who are from other states and end up stationed in NJ? We're legal, we're citizens, and defending this liberal nation? Do we get the same rights? Oh that's right, I forgot this liberal nation is more worried about the rights of illegal immigrants and terrorists who try to attack us. Nevermind.
You have GOT to be kidding.
So they want to let illegal immigrants to only have to pay in state tuition. What else are they going to give them free boarding. Another step backwards and a slap in the face legals in this country.
Illegal immigrants are not immigrants, they have breached national security. They need to get proper visas or get out. If they can't get visas they need to be deported.
there's no such thing as an illegal human. paper doesn't make someone legal, only it makes them known. for that, getting these people on paper, this is worth it.
I am sure the GOP governor will override this one if he can.
Let's be fair and allow the children of immigrants some rights.
Its the Christian thing to do. WWJD?
You have GOT to be kidding me...does the word illegal mean anything??
Okay, I'm a liberal, but I think this is really going too far.
TOTAL AND UTTER STUPIDITY!! I'm so glad I don't live in this state. Corzine want's to get even with the voters for kicking him out of office in November.
LEAVE IT TO THE CORRUPT DEMOCRATS!!! Corzine apparently wants to do a little more damage to his state before officially being kicked out of office.
What do you mean by pay in-state tuition? They should NOT even be here. In the name of GOD get them to get legal first.
Even though I'm a moderate NJ Democrat, this is absolutely ridiculous. I pay a lot of money to go to college. I work hard and I still pay through the nose to put myself through college. And now they want to give people who are not legally here the right to pay the same rate as me? At what point do hard-working, middle class, legal citizens get a break?
Twenty years ago we gave millions of illegals amnesty, 'IGNORE HISTORY AND YOU'RE SURE TO REPEAT IT". Now it seems we are about to repeat it. The current argument has it to allow illegals to buy into medicare now Jew Jersey want to all illegals to pay tuition on an instate basis. What's next CITIZENSHIP?
ARGH! What part of "illegal" don't they understand??!
And it is that mentality that explains why New Jersey pays higher taxes than any other state in the Union. The Peoples Republic of New Jersey.
Whats up ! Is our president the only one holding the highest position in the country who can't where a tie . The other countries make us look more and more like the under dog with their persistance for formality. I understand the muslims are not tie wearers. We are Americans and demand the best. from our representives, TIE UP.
With great respect have the same.