Letter: Has definition of 'illegal' changed?



Recently I read an article in The Augusta Chronicle ("ASU application review seeks illegal immigrants," June 10), which quoted Kathy Schofe, whom the article identified as an "ASU spokeswoman." The quote was, "Schofe said law doesn't forbid illegal immigrants from attending a state university. It only requires that they not receive state funding."

How can a state have anything in its laws that directly opposes federal laws on immigration?

When I graduated from college in the 1950s, I had completed the four years under a bill that had offered us veterans a chance to attend college as a reward for serving our country during World War II. At that time, we had laws that set forth what constituted legal and illegal entry into the United States.

Since my days in college there have been many, many changes in both the character and scope of the education available to students. However, though I am familiar with most of those changes, I haven't been able to discover exactly what is meant by the word "illegal." As I understand the word "illegal," it means that if a person is an "illegal immigrant," that person does not have normal legal rights. Am I correct?

I would like for either Ms. Schofe or Augusta State University President William Bloodworth to explain to this poor, maybe totally uneducated person how the lack of a state law forbidding the education of illegal immigrants can have anything to do with a person who is in violation of a federal law by entering this country illegally.

What part of "illegal" do I not understand? I actually learned to read and write in the early days of my education experience, but perhaps there have been changes in those subjects also.



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