Letters to the editor, March 22

Leaping RINOs
The Republicans in Name Only Club is growing by leaps and bounds. The newest RINOs are Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, Florida Sen. Jack Latvala and Gov. Rick Scott, who all support in-state tuition for students who are in the United States illegally.
The House bill, HB 851, has passed its final House committee and will most likely be sent to the floor for a full House vote. Weatherford stated that he did not want to punish children for the mistakes of their parents for bringing them here illegally. If they love America so much, why don’t they apply for citizenship? Also, why doesn’t U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deport the parents?
The average in-state tuition and fee costs at a four-year state college in Florida are approximately $25,000, or about $6,336 per year. For out-of-state students and illegal aliens, the cost averages more than $81,000 over four years, or about $20,390 per year. Therefore, under the bill, Florida taxpayers will provide illegal-alien students an average of $14,000 per year to subsidize their tuition.
In the beginning, Scott said he would consider the bill, but now he has thrown his support to the Senate bill backed by Latvala to give in-state tuition to illegal aliens. Senate President Don Gaetz, a true conservative Republican, opposes the bill, but would allow the proposal to be heard in his chamber.
Neither the House bill nor the Senate bill eliminates out-of-state tuition for U. S. citizens. When my family moved to California, I had to pay out-of-state tuition for my son to finish college, which cost me thousands of dollars. Why should citizens have to pay out-of-state tuition when they move to Florida while illegal aliens are granted in-state tuition?
In states such as California, New Mexico and Texas, where they have laws giving illegal aliens in-state tuition, their next step is to lobby for making these students eligible for state financial aid, including scholarships or grants. There goes more American tax dollars.
Our Legislature and governor’s office are controlled by Republicans, so it will take the RINOs to pass these bills. If Scott signs this bill, let him know he will lose your vote as it will mean a financial disaster for Florida taxpayers and students, who are already at the breaking point trying to just pay their bills.
Betty Dobson
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