Claim: Non-citizens don’t pay taxes but are eligible for federal educational assistance programs not available to U.S. citizens.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2008]
Received this from a friend who teaches at a college.
THIS IS A MUST READ…. WAKE UP
This is a subject close to my heart. Do you know that we have adult students at the school where I teach who are not US citizens and who get the PELL grant, which is a federal grant (no pay back required) plus other
She was looking into WAIT which gives students a CREDIT CARD for gas to come to school, and into CARIBE which is a special program for immigrants and it pays for child care and all sorts of needs while they go to school or training. The one student I just mentioned told me she was not going to be a US citizen because she plans to return to the Dominican Republic someday and that she “loves HER country.” I asked her if she felt guilty taking what the US is giving her and then not even bothering to become a citizen and she told me that it doesn’t bother her, because that is what the money is there for!
I asked the CARIBE administration about their program and if you ARE a US citizen, you don’t qualify for their program. And all the while, I am working a full day, my son-in-law works more than
Something is wrong here. Right? COMING SOON!
I am sorry but after hearing they want to sing the National Anthem in Spanish – enough is enough. Nowhere did they sing it in Italian, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German or any other language because of immigration. It was written by Francis Scott Key and should be sung word for word the way it was written The news broadcasts even gave the
I am not against immigration — just come through like everyone else. Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head; have a job; pay your taxes, live by the rules AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE as all other immigrants have in the
PART OF THE PROBLEM
If you agree — pass this along, if you don’t agree — delete it!
Variations: Different versions of this
Origins: The above-quoted item is yet another anti-immigrant screed chock full of inaccurate and misleading information, which we’ll attempt to tackle here point by point:
away this piece jumps the track by making the common mistake of tacitly equating “non-citizen” with “illegal immigrant” and suggesting that anyone who is not a
Federal educational grants and loans such as the Pell Grant are available only to eligible
The money provided by a Pell Grant is based on need (i.e., recipients don’t all receive the same amount). The maximum Pell Grant is currently $4,310.00 per
CARIBE (Career Recruitment and Instruction in Basic English), which is funded by the
If this hypothetical Dominican student is a Pell Grant recipient but not a
All foreign-born permanent residents of the United States have the option of returning to live in their countries of origin if they so choose. However, those who do so (other than temporarily) lose
Again, this is misleading rhetoric which unfairly and inaccurately implies that all non-citizens and foreign-born persons don’t work, don’t pay taxes, have no responsibility for following any rules, and are getting their living expenses and educations paid for by preferential programs not available to U.S. citizens. Permanent residents who qualify for federal educational assistance still have to support themselves, still have to pay taxes, still have to obey U.S. laws and other regulations, and are eligible for programs that are also available to U.S. citizens. Furthermore, it’s curious and contradictory that the writer is demanding that foreign-born residents “LEARN THE LANGUAGE” while simultaneously decrying programs (such as CARIBE) created to help accomplish that very goal.
Last updated: 30 January 2008