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November 10, 2008

Kauffman Scholars program

The Kauffman Foundation needs to rectify immediately the error it has made by denying students college financial assistance because they are undocumented (11/6, Local, “Scholars program trips over hot topic”).

Which is better for our community: well-educated young people who will come back to their community and return that investment by working in the community, or disillusioned young people who instead learn that adults can’t be trusted to follow through with their promises?

These students have worked long and hard, focused on the future dream of a college education. To deny this is to take the heart out of a program that has successfully engaged and encouraged low-income youths in their education.

The decision to break this promise will affect future students for years to come and undo much of the good the program has achieved.

Pamela Crandall



I wondered if you would goggle that. But the fact remains, more was required than just getting off a boat. Two years residence and court action in addition to the requirements you quote.


"any alien, being a free white person", is how the 1790 law reads.


Ut was never that eimple. The law in 1790 was that if you had been a resident for two years you could apply to a vourt for citizenship.


Wasn't life more grand when all you had to do to become a citizen was get off a boat from Europe.

Oh, those were the days...........


Try REALLY hard and maybe you can say it Pamela: ILLEGAL. Call them "undocumented" all you want, it doesn't change the fact their mere presence is against the law.

I'll agree that there's no easy answer or solution to the problem. One thing I can guarantee, however, is the free college tuition (something that most CITIZENS don't enjoy) certainly isn't going to help it.


A couple of key issues complicates the situation.

1) If they did pay for their college education, these undocumented individuals would have to find jobs OUTSIDE of the US. Remember - it's against the law to hire anyone who isn't a US citizen or here legally.

2) By paying for their college education - are they possibly in the gray part of the law since they aren't US citizens or legal residents. The law does allow public education through high school - however, college education is a different story.

3) Another issue is - do they favor helping financially those who are here illegally OVER US citizens and legal residents? Reminds me of someone being quite wealthy, they don't spend much on their children and they struggle getting through school/college. however, this rich person does spend money on children that aren't his own instead of his own children.

It's not that I don't empathize for the children who are here illegally but - when their parents break the law - the consequences also fall on their families, unfortunately.


It is not my busines, or for that matter the letter writer's either to determine who gets the benefits of a private foundation.

If it choses to not encourage those who spit in the face of this country's laws I find it hard to fault them.


Pragmatically one has to agree with the letter writer. Based on past events and what seems most probable in the future, one would expect that these children are in this country to stay. On that basis we will all be better off if they are educated and if they feel they have been treated in a fair manner.

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