Thursday, December 15, 2005

Viva La Frontera!

Well, what do you know about that! It seems that a group of out-of-state students at the University of California, Davis have filed a lawsuit against the State, challenging their in-state tuition vs. out-of-state tuition tiering. Here's the Yahoo story via AP. Pretty much every state with a public university has a different tuition rate system for resident vs. non-resident students. That’s fine. I’m a Californian, and I went to UC Santa Barbara. No problem. The way this law is structured, though, there’s a loophole that allows illegal immigrants (fine, undocumented aliens) to qualify for in-state resident tuition rates. WTF?!? As I understand it, the law was written mainly for students whose families may not be residents of Calif., but they went to high school (usually boarding school) in Calif. Unfortunately, because the US Government’s control of the border is severely lacking and California’s general oversight abilities are just about non-existent, there are kids that attend school in some of the border areas of San Diego (Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, etc.) even though their families live in Tijuana. Because the school districts allow this to happen, the students wind up meeting the attendance requirements and thus qualify for in-state tuition.

This is all kinds of wrong, on so many levels. The US doesn’t properly control the border. The state doesn’t properly police its own institutions (medi-cal, schools, welfare, etc.). And the City of San Diego is so screwed up right now that they can’t even properly deploy their police officers to apprehend illegal immigrants who are committing crimes. It trickles down, but it starts at the border. San Diego has been crying out for better border controls for years. Anybody living in a border state, especially along the northern border (damn Canadians! Just kidding, eh!) knows what I’m talking about. The crime that comes up from Mexico is almost unbelievable, from the organized crime to the punk who robs a convenience store, kills somebody in the process, and flees back to Mexico. Mexico won’t extradite this person because the death penalty is legal in the United States and Mexico won’t hand a criminal (ok, fine, suspect!) over to US authorities if there’s the possibility of the imposition of the death penalty. Personally, I don’t know why they’re worried about that. It takes so damn long for California to execute anybody (bye bye, Tookie) that they’ll probably die in a gang riot before the state can humanely inject drugs into their bodies. My wish for the judicial system is, you’re tried. If you get convicted, you get sentenced. If you are sentenced to death, you get an immediate appeal. For fairness’ sake, we’ll give the defense another six months to find witnesses to kill, etc. If the conviction is upheld, their ass gets marched out of the courtroom and into the death chamber. No paying for a college degree. No paying for fifteen years of taxpayer-funded lawsuits. But that’s another story for another post.

Hopefully this lawsuit will be successful, and the State will have to change their laws. It’s got to start somewhere. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with poker or music or anything else on this blog, but the story caught my eye. Viva la frontera!

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