Lawmakers were taking public testimony Monday afternoon on a bill that would repeal the 2006 Dream Act. Attorney Kris Kobach says allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition sets the student up for future citizenship problems.
“If these students want to live the American Dream, you have lured them down a prim rose path, by giving them a reward to stay here an extra 4 years in fact and then they hit the 1o year bar and they can not get a legal status and so you are hurting them more than you are helping them.”
Nebraska University President J.B. Milliken says additional education can’t hurt a student.
“The first time i’ve heard that encouraging someone to pursue education to finish high school, to go onto community college, state college, or university harms them.”
Kobach says most illegal immigrants wouldn’t know that when they turn 18, they have 12 months to pursue legal status or they will barred from any U-S citizenship for ten years.