U.S. News & World Report's has released their annual college acceptance list. It has ranked some 1257 colleges and universities with their average acceptance rates ranging from 100% acceptance all the way down to 5%.

Obviously, 100% acceptance means that if you apply, you're getting in. I assume all you have to do is pay and you're in. These include the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, City University of Seattle and College of Staten Island, and many others.

On the flip side, some of the more elite colleges and universities make it darn near impossible to be accepted.

One would assume (and be right) that Ivy League Universities would be the pickiest, yet, there are others on the top 10 most difficult list, such as the Naval Academy, College of the Ozarks (which accepts only 8.3% of applicants), and Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. The rest are pretty much who you would expect--Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, and Columbia. However, the most difficult is University is Stanford, which is considered the Harvard of the West and accepts only 5.1% of all who apply.

One must, therefore, assume that the applicants who are accepted must be exceptional. They must have something that the other 95% don't. You would also assume that those who do apply consider themselves exceptional and, therefore, if they are denied, the blow would be quite upsetting—even crushing, to some.

I wonder just how those denied applicants would feel if they knew their coveted slot was taken by an illegal immigrant. Stanford, like these other elite universities, has a very limited number of slots to fill each school year, so "When an undocumented student is allowed into a college, 'there is another kid who wasn't admitted because we admitted the illegal alien,' says Ira Mehlman, spokesman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform."

To add insult to injury, the illegal immigrant not only takes the coveted slot from a citizen, but also is awarded financial aid, grant, and scholarship money. Stanford attempts to keep this on the downlow by not officially publicizing its acceptance of illegal immigrants. Harvard, Yale, and Columbia have the same hush-hush policy. I wonder why that is? Could it be that they don't want to upset those exceptional applicants who are citizens and have been passed over in favor of illegals? You bet your a** that's the reason.

"Karen Cooper, director of [Stanford] financial aid, emphasized that there are no restrictions on using University funds to meet the financial need of applicants - including those who are undocumented."

She added that, "We do provide support to the undocumented students, and we hope that they could have as normal and integrated a student experience as all of our students." Well, isn't that nice. I'm sure the exceptional student who has worked his or her whole life to attend Stanford feels so much better that the illegal immigrant who stole their spot will have a "normal and integrated student experience" at his or her expense.

But things are not as rosy for the "undocumented" student as one would think. Things like internships or counseling resources, available to citizens, may be limited for the "undocumented."

One illegal immigrant, Fermin Mendoza, attending Stanford, said, "When you're an undocumented person at Stanford, when you're an undocumented person at any institution, you can't do all those things." 

I guess we're supposed to feel bad for this student. Well, I'm sorry, but I don't. They or their families have come here illegally—have been afforded virtually every benefit of citizenship—have been accepted into one of the world's elite universities—and have done so at the expense of some otherwise exceptional citizen, who may now not be able to live out his or her dream of attending their chosen college. All because someone or some family broke the law and sneaked into our country.

We're supposed to feel bad for an illegal immigrant who gets to attend Stanford or Harvard or Yale or Princeton, probably on a full scholarship, and instead of thanking God every day for his good fortune, he complains that he may not be able to take advantage of all the services offered to those who actually deserve those benefits.

That's gratitude for ya!

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