Monday, November 19, 2012

House Minority Leader Jones Calls for Halt to Instate Tuition for Illegal Immigrants, Says Top-Down Review of Benefit Allocation Necessary

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Patrick’s decision to award in-state tuition to illegal immigrants:

"The implementation of in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants should be stopped immediately. Regardless of whether or not the Governor and I agree on this issue, the topic at hand should be how best to provide an affordable education for all of Massachusetts’ residents.

An acceptable starting point would be to provide tuition and fee waivers for active duty servicepersons who are permanent and legal residents of Massachusetts. Proposed as legislation by House Republicans during the current session, this initiative would also extend to veterans of the Commonwealth who attend any state college, community college, or state university.

Governor Patrick’s most recent attempt to usurp the power of the Legislature is cause for concern. Instead of engaging elected officials from both political parties in constructive conversation and debate, he has put his interests, both political and personal, above those of Massachusetts’ residents.

While offering an affordable higher education to the residents of Massachusetts is paramount, we must be judicious and fair in how we award such benefits."