FIU Applicant Sues State of Florida Over Immigration Issue

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FIU boasts that its student body "reflects the vibrant diversity of South Florida." But students like Wendy Ruiz need not apply.

Ruiz, an honor student at Miami Dade College, tried to fill out the online application last year but got stuck on a question about her parents, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court this week. Ruiz is a U.S. citizen - she was born in Miami and has lived here all her life. But her parents are undocumented immigrants. FIU's online application required her to show that her parents were legal residents.

"When Wendy was unable to provide this information, FIU's application did not permit her to proceed, and she was therefore unable to enroll in the university," the suit contends.

Wendy is one of five Florida residents who sued the state, challenging the constitutionality of a Florida Board of Education policy that forces them to pay out-of-state tuition because their parents are undocumented immigrants. All five are citizens, born in the United States. The state considers them residents when it comes to their drivers' licenses and voter registrations, but denies them that when it's time to collect their tuition money.

Ruiz and one of the other litigants are attending Miami Dade College, and paying the out-of-state tuition, which is three times what Florida residents pay. The other three say the higher tuition made it impossible for them to go college at all.

"I hope and pray they win this one," said Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College and a fierce advocate for the DREAM Act.

FIU did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The university considers students who are in this country illegally international students, allowing them to apply and attend. FIU president Mark Rosenberg has joined Padron in urging Congress to approve the Dream Act so that he can charge those students in-state tuition, calling education "the key that unlocks the door to the American dream." Wendy would also like a key, please.

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James
James

She is a citizen because there is a law which was designed, decades ago, to help descendants of African-Americans be considered actual U.S. citizens with the same rights as whites, as it should be. Illegal immigrants have piggy-backed this law and their children become anchors. That being said, yes, according to this unrelated law, thousands upon thousands, have crossed the border and delivered their children here and that makes her a citizen. That is, until this law is FINALLY revisited and altered to fit our present needs and circumstances. If we are forced as a state, by law, to pay for her tuition, then we should also be obedient to our laws and DEPORT her parents!

James
James

There was a time when this questionable resident and daughter of illegals would have been too scared to say anything because her parents would have been deported. Our laxed attitude towards illegal immigrants, for fear of being considered someone who discriminates, is now coming back to bite us. It is OK to report and deport people who break our laws. These laws are there to protect us, especially against something like this! Her parents are here illegally, her status is questionable, and she is suing OUR state and collecting OUR tax dollars. She should have NO claim in this matter. She is lucky to be grandfathered into legal residency by birth.  If this case wins, can you imagine the multitude of limbo resident Haitians, Mexicans and Central Americans claiming state funds for an education? Who is to stop them, this case would set the precedent. Thousands would flock to FL fro nearby states.

QuemierdaesFIU@mierda.com
QuemierdaesFIU@mierda.com

What does this have to do with her parents? How bizarre? Are you people aware that she worked multiple jobs, and in conjunction with her parent's help, was able to pay for two years of schooling at MDC? What does any of this have to do with her parents if she's more than willing to PAY OUT OF POCKET? IF she herself is legal, and willing to pay out of pocket, she DOES NOT NEED TO SHOW ANY PAPERS TO FIU, REGARDLESS IF SHE'S DEPENDENT OR INDEPENDENT. She wants to pay in-state tuition AND WAS WILLING TO PAY OUT OF POCKET. CASE FUCKING CLOSED! Who GIVES a fuck about her parents at that point? FIU is a piece of shit school that will pretty much accept a gopher! They need allllll the money they can get! Case closed!

Maimaitoo
Maimaitoo

If Ms. Ruiz is a US citizen, what is stopping her from applying to FIU as an independent (not dependent on her Parents) student and getting in state tuition?  Cheaper than a lawsuit I would imagine.

Nameless
Nameless

It's the principle of the thing bro.

koza_dereza
koza_dereza

"When Wendy was unable to provide this information, FIU's application did not permit her to proceed, and she was therefore unable to enroll in the university" IF Wendy cannot figure out how to proceed and enroll, then college is probably not for her. Sussanah Nesmith I assume attended college, in which case she has no excuse for her journalistic incompetence. Try presenting the whole story, not just the parts that agree with your bias.Wendy CAN enroll in the university...If she does not want to provide required information, then she is treated no differently than anybody else.NOW, if she is independent, and not being claimed by her parents as dependents, then that information is not needed.

kevin
kevin

We don't need to be catering to illegal aliens or these counterfeit "citizen" darlings adored by the news media. Of course she should't be attending college in Florida nor should even be in this country. A plane ticket would work wonders for her and her family. It'll be a break for FIU too.

glenn61
glenn61

If we had secured borders issues like this would not be plaguing us now.

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

 

 

These immigration issues calls for a Congressional corrections,after the '2006 Secure Fence act' is resurrected and built as planned. This wasa double-layer fence parallel to each other, as signed into law by formerpresident Bush. Currently waiting in the wings is Lamar Smith's 'LegalWorkforce Act' that disinclined GOP leaders who are wavering in bringing (H.R. 2885 bill) to the floor of theHouse. It’s blatantly obvious the usual suspects have been whining at theselawmakers door, from the Special Interest lobbyists. Mandating E-Verify couldeasily be the epitome of returning America to the “Rule of Law” for alllaw-abiding Americans. It could be foreseen as a series of steps, to curtailthe foothold baby- citizenship financial dilemma, probably one of the highest coststo taxpayers. Illegal aliens unable to procure work, will pack up theirpossessions and leave.

 

In a study by the (FAIR) Federation of American ImmigrationReform, they have estimated that somewhere between 20 million and upwards ofillegal immigrants have unlawful roots here, not the numbers offered byprevious or today’s administrations. The investment firm analysts for Bear-Stearnsclaimed that the US illegal immigrant population, also agreed with this numberof 20 million people." This was prior to the demise of the company in2008.

 

Much of these illegal entries has attributed to the 49Percent of poverty in the United States. Since 1963 the U.S. has spent over $11trillion on anti-poverty programs, given out money, food, Section 8 housing,medical care, and assistance to the poor and near underprivileged. Since theimmigration reforms of the 1960s, the U.S. has imported unsustainable povertythrough immigration measures that were permitted and encouraged entry and the residenceof millions of low-skill immigrants into the nation. Low-skill migrants and immigrantsare liable to be poor, having babies who, in turn, are adding to America's propagatingpoverty problem, driving up governmental benefits, public service, andeducation costs. We are now topping $113 billion dollars annually, as accordingto the Heritage Foundation.

 

Under the Liberals, Democrats and GOP elitists nothing willever be done, against the increasing numbers of foreign nationals coming here. Thesubsidizing costs are reaching astronomical unprecedented dollars, especiallyif President Obama passes Amnesty; if the voters offer him a second four yearterm a reform package would devastate any chance of climbing out this deepeningrecession. A 2.6 Trillion price tag as analyzed by the Heritage Foundation.

 

Get in touch with Members of the Ways& Means Committee to phone or fax for free at NumbersUSA. You can alsocontact all these lawmakers through their Internet websites. But you insist onthe Legal Workforce Act today and start putting Americans back to a job, takenby foreign nationals.

 

Bombard Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) ((202-225-0600); House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) (202-225-2815); HouseMajority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (202) 225-2915); House Chairman of Ways& Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) (202-225-3561).

NEBRASKA, Rep. Berg, Rick (GOP) (202-225-2611); NEBRASKA, Rep. Smith, Adrian (GOP) (202-225-6435);LOUISIANA, Rep. Boustany, Charles (GOP) (202-225-2031);(202-225-2031);KENTUCKY, Rep. Davis, Geoff (GOP) (202-225-3465);PENNSYLVANIA, Rep. Gerlach, Jim (GOP)(202-225-4315);KANSAS, Rep. Jenkins, Lynn (GOP)(202-225-6601);MINNESOTA, Rep. Paulsen, Erik (GOP)(202-225-2871);WASHINGTON, Rep. Reichert, Dave (GOP) (202-225-7761);WISCONSIN, Rep. Ryan, Paul (GOP) (202-225-3031) Tellthese unwilling lawmakers that you are a voter and that they will be hearingfrom you in 2012.

 

If you want to free fax, go toNumbersUSA or please call Washington at 202-224-3121 and ask for your U.S.Senator or Representative's office to urge action on mandatory E-Verify.

 

 

 First on the lists, a Bracero type program, toallow workers to be admitted for farm employment and agriculture legally, whocan then—BE TRACKED--if they abscond from the jobs allocated to them? Between1942 and 1964, some 4.6 million Mexicans were admitted to do farm work and despiteprotests from US farm labor advocacy groups there was no lack of labor, only a shortageof respectable living wages and decent working conditions. By paying a fairwage, but their conditions must include health care, schooling for their kids—notplaced as a financial burden on taxpayers as it mostly is today.   TheBracero project should be resurrected as with the 2006 Secure Fence Act with twofences--instead of the half--completed one fence we have now and decked with nastyconcertina razor wire.

 

Give a priority to highly skilledworkers, with proven credentials of exceptional experiences and offerpreferences to entrepreneurs, and wealthy businessman and women who cancontribute to American society. Stop the travesty of the million legalimmigrants a year, who are being covertly brought here by corporateowners through Department of Labor immigration loopholes. Through financialnecessity we must reduce and stop illegal immigration at the porous borders,using one way flight tickets and using every tool available to seek out thosealready here.

IF SOVEREIGNTY MINDED, PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WANT THERE COUNTRYBACK, AND THEN JOIN THE TENS OF MILLIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE TEA PARTY BRANCHESTHROUGHOUT OUR NATION. THE TEA PARTY IS AN OPEN, FORUM FOR EVERY CITIZEN ANDLEGAL RESIDENT, NO MATTER A PERSON RACE OR SPIRITUAL STANDING.

Certainly in2012 we must safe-guard our elections, as illegal aliens do vote and as itsbeen predominately shown before.

J Nall
J Nall

She AND her parents should be kicked out of this country. ILLEGAL is still ILLEGAL. Why is this still an issue? They don't pay any taxes to support the university system so why should their daughter be afforded a break on tuition??

a guy
a guy

She's not illegal, only her parents are. She probably already pays taxes if she has a job.

eventhoughfloridasucks
eventhoughfloridasucks

 Why should a citizen be kicked out as well? YOU are the one who should fuck off.

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

"Undocumented," meaning illegal?  If so, wow, they went undetected for a long time. 

Gatoglamour
Gatoglamour

Especially when it comes to education, children should not be held back because of the parent's status! I hope the best comes out of this case.

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