Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Arizona Prop 300 & Sanctions

Tucson, Arizona. Arizona's proposition 300 is another angle in the xenophobic quest to rid the state of illegal aliens destroying the nation. The law forbids universities from providing in-state tuition to those without the required documentation verifying citizenship.

The University of Arizona exerted the necessary effort to make certain it got documentation from every student. As of June, of the 40,000 or so that attend only 877 remained. The university pursued and obtained papers for 758, leaving 119 on the list. Of the 119, six have been shown to be illegal aliens. The remaining 113 are believed to be graduate students or children of university employees, both exempt from out-of-state tuition. For all of this effort, the six will generate an additional $70 grand as private donors came forward to help them with the additional costs.

The university spent $160,000 to generate $70,000.

Six students.

They don't come here to go to college. They come here to pick fruit, change sheets, roof houses, and cook. The sanctions law begins tomorrow. Proposition 300 inflicted minor damage, sapping our schools of a few hundred grand statewide (money better spent elsewhere). The sanctions law will prove a greater implementation nightmare. I can already put a face on the blood, although in this one circumstance I can make a difference.

The ice cream girl is getting her papers, and I've already found her another job. (Having actually done something for a few, I know a set of local employers.) She is my daughter's age, only far less fortunate. At least she finished high school. Proposition 300, college, and any memory of a mother are not in her world. She lives from tiny paycheck to tiny paycheck.

The reality of the sanctions bill, like the reality of Proposition 300, is not what those who support it believe. Blogger Roger knows economics. A couple posts ago he commented about the plethora of pending lawsuits. We shouldn't have to wait long for the sparks to fly.

I'm sure all the cooks, waitresses, and dishwashers at Rigo's have their documents. Who cares about economics? If they shut down the lunch buffet at Rigo's, I foresee an ass whooping that makes the alternative fuel fiasco look like Easter.


Blogger roger said...

Well done!

These measures are, indeed, big government in action. Just like building walls and fences and the like. They cost enormous amounts of tax money (tax and spend) and impose the very regulatory red tape that you just described.

Most of the time, the GOP is all about regulation as long as it doesn't affect their lives. They typically love unfunded mandates (so they dont have to pay for the mistakes they make).

This is another example...and unfortunately...this policy, like voter ID, is aimed only at tough. Sometimes tough can be mean-spirited....as well as stupid.

1/02/2008 7:04 AM  
Blogger Emmiyeh said...

This is very interesting, and I'm glad to see numbers out there. Because I'm not in Tucson and don't read that local paper, I'm wondering where you got these numbers. Was it in the Star?

1/02/2008 8:04 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

I just had to remark that your taking the time to find that kid a job is quite touching.

The act is consistent with the rest of your material. You actually care and help people.

Maybe TREO could get her one of those 4900 jobs that average over $38,000/year?

1/02/2008 3:08 PM  
Blogger Sirocco said...


The figures are available in this morning's Star article. As for how x4mr knew about them a day earlier, the clear answer is he can see into the future.

1/03/2008 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

x4mr posted the above on Tuesday.

Regarding those TREO numbers, I have heard they count Raytheon hires even when due to turnover, which would inflate the average wage significantly.

Raytheon's turnover is over 1000 per year due to retirements, etc..

1/03/2008 12:35 PM  
Anonymous erivera said...

If you look at the figures posted by the Star article, the number of students that are attending UA is almost 34,000 after proposition 300 was implemented. It is not 877 as reported by x4mr. It is a shame that so much time and money is spent on trying to get illegal immigrants to return to their countries by forcing them to pay higher tutition. If they are seeking a higher education, trust me, they are not here to pick fruit, change sheets, roof houses or even cook. They want an opportunity to have a better life and contribute back to this country.

1/28/2008 12:26 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

The 877 attending is NOT the total attending, but the total that did NOT come forward with papers. I work at the U of A. Trust me that I know it has more than 877 students.

I agree with you, the ones that try to go to college did not come here to pick fruit, and I wish them success. We are on the same side, but you appear to complete misunderstand my post. 877 failed to produce papers. Over 40,000 attend when one includes graduate students and part time students.

1/28/2008 11:01 PM  
Blogger Elias said...

Good article. Yes it is depressing to see how restrictive our country has become. Once it was everyone and anyone. Come to America. Now we bar entrance to one our closest neighbors, and prosecute those living here. I think being part of a country is more than just where you were born!

8/09/2008 9:18 AM  

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