Target: Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees
Goal: Commend Metropolitan State University of Denver for offering a reduced tuition rate for qualified illegal immigrants living in Colorado.
The Metropolitan State University of Denver approved a reduced tuition rate for eligible illegal immigrants living in Colorado against a firestorm of criticism from conservatives who are threatening to sue the university. Please sign this petition and support the school’s decision to offer young immigrants a chance at contributing to society in the country that has become their home.
Metro State is being heavily criticized for offering a reduced tuition rate to undocumented immigrants who have spent at least three years in a Colorado high school and received their high school or general equivalency diplomas. According to the New York Times, illegal immigrants will pay $7,157 per year, nearly $3,000 higher than legal Colorado residents, but about $8,000 lower than out-of-state tuition. The university’s board of trustees who passed the new rate is hoping the reduction will allow many immigrants to obtain a college degree and become meaningful contributors to the economy of Colorado. University officials say more than 100 students have qualified and they look forward to more students taking advantage of the opportunity.
Republican lawmakers and conservatives have come out in strict opposition to the tuition rate and say they will sue the University for implementing a policy that is not supported by governing law. Legislation to approve in-state tuition for students who are in this country illegally has failed in Colorado six times. Critics say without state legislative approval, the tuition rate is unlawful. Tom Tancredo, head of the Rocky Mountain Foundation, a conservative research organization, says his group intends to sue to the university in the next few months.
University officials remain confident the policy is lawful and hope President Obama’s executive order to defer deportation of young illegal immigrants who have been in the US since they were children will help bolster support and expand the tuition policy to other Colorado colleges. Please sign this petition and show your support for the tuition rate that will allow some students brought here illegally to gain the education necessary to be successful and productive contributors to society.
Dear Metropolitan State University of Denver Board of Trustees,
Your recent decision to approve a reduced tuition rate for students living in the United States illegally is a powerful and important advancement for education and progress in Colorado. I commend your bold effort to reduce tuition rates for illegal immigrants who have attended at least three years of high school in Colorado. It is important for Colorado’s future that these members of our society are given their opportunity to contribute to the economy as part of America’s workforce. The tuition rate will provide opportunities to a number of illegal immigrants who would not otherwise have options for advancement after high school.
I am writing not only to applaud your efforts to systematically solve a problem for the current and future economy, but also to condemn critics like Tom Tancredo and Colorado’s attorney general John W. Suthers. As you face expensive lawsuits and litigation from these men and other critics fueling discrimination and oppression, it is necessary for you to know that many Colorado and US citizens support your efforts to extend education.
Thank you for attempting to advance education for illegal immigrants by implementing a tuition reduction in the face of opposition and legal ramifications.
[Your Name Here]
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