Kudos to the techies

I'm a
longtime supporter of the "DREAM
Act" and other measures to
make the American dream achievable for young people
whose parents brought them into the U.S. as babies or young children without
benefit of legal immigration papers. To qualify for such special handling,
these children would need to successfully complete school in this country, then
college or military service, while keeping their noses clean. This would create
for them a path to citizenship—as well as to Social Security
numbers, bona fide drivers' licenses, and the other paraphernalia of life in
the American mainstream, rather than in the shadows.

With Congress paralyzed or
hostile, however—the DREAM Act is decried on
Capitol Hill as a version of "amnesty for illegals," even though
these kids are wholly innocent of the wrongful immigration decision that their
parents made many years ago—a few states have quietly done
their part to help, such as allowing them to pay in-state rates in state
colleges and universities. (California, to its great credit, is one such.)
Others, despicably, have intentionally hiked the price for these young people
to discourage them from attending. (The argument, of course, is that "the
taxpayers should not subsidize such behavior," though that's the norm in
the K-12 system.) Now a group of wealthy Silicon Valley types (including Lauren
Powell Jobs and Intel's Andy Grove) are pooling private dollars to assist such
young people. Their vehicle is "Educators for Fair Consideration," which supplies sundry
services (legal, financial aid, etc.) to eligible individuals in the Bay area.
Bravo for them—and may more U.S. communities
and philanthropists emulate them.

Miriam
Jordan, “Tech Titans Fund
Undocumented Students
,” Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2012

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