It’s Good to Be Illegal

Illegal immigrant children have it made in America. They get free housing, food, medical care, and even education. And for the illegals at a certain California public university, they get their very own private graduation.

Yes, for 25 lucky winners of life’s lottery, San Francisco State University (SFSU) “hosted a special graduation ceremony.”

The celebration event consisted of the aforementioned 25 illegal alien students, as well as 300 guests.

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They called it the first annual “Beyond Borders Graduation.” At the ceremony, this poignant message was offered up: “And I hope that you know how much you are loved and how much sacrifice went to having you here and that no piece of paper, no piece of paper, not even that diploma, can stop you from being your fullest possible self.” That message was offered up by filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

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Yes Jose, no piece of paper could stop them – certainly not a valid birth certificate, Social Security number or driver’s license.

Yet not everyone was so thrilled with the “Beyond Borders Graduation.” “Niike Andino, a minority student at SFSU, told Campus Reform in an interview that the ceremony could only perpetuate illegal activity. People complain and protest all the time [about the rising cost of tuition], but then you have situations like this where undocumented students have their own ceremonies. The student government needs to wake up.”

But why, Mr. Andino, should these DREAMers care about how much money is spent on their graduation or on their education? They obviously haven’t cared about the cost of anything else.

In 2010, the average illegal immigrant household received about $24,721 and government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit of around $14,387 per illegal household. And that’s assuming they paid taxes. Just imagine how much more it is now – 5 years later.

Now according to Jonathan Morales, an SFSU spokesman, no university money was used to cover the cost of the graduation ceremony. He said: “This funding for the event came from donations and other non-university funds.” The group apparently sold T-shirts for $15 apiece that read “Undocumented & Unafraid” and “Education Is a Human Right” in order to raise money for the graduation ceremony.

And why shouldn’t these illegals be “Undocumented & Unafraid.” They know full well they won’t be deported.

Now, I have little doubt that some of these illegals will grow up to be productive members of American society, and that’s great – but it’s also completely irrelevant. They shouldn’t be here in the first place. That, and, sadly, the lion’s share of illegals will never meld into American society or want to. They will remain aliens, illegal or not, who just happen to reside in the United States. And all the while, we citizens will continue to pay for the privilege of them living here. And boy, do we pay.

In 2014, FAIR reported: “Californians bear an enormous fiscal burden as a result of an illegal alien population estimated at almost 3,000,000 residents. The annual expenditure of state and local tax dollars on services for that population is $25.3 billion. That amounts to a yearly burden of about $2370 for a household headed by a U.S. citizen. Nearly half of those expenditures ($12.3 billion) result from the cost of K-12 education for the children of illegal aliens.” Add to that number another $2-$3 billion to provide supplemental English instruction.

So these illegals can celebrate all they like with a private graduation ceremony, but perhaps instead they should have another ceremony thanking the citizens of California and the United States for fitting the bill so that they may graduate.

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