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September 3, 2013

MARK HEINIG: Affordable college lets undocumented contribute, not just consume

State should repeal law denying them in-state tuition.

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Native-born workers in other nations also resent cheap foreign labor. From 1955 to 1968, for example, West Germany recruited foreign workers for jobs Germans didn’t want. The Germans could get better jobs. When the economy slowed down, growing unemployment made the foreigners’ jobs more appealing to native Germans. Nevertheless, many foreigners kept their jobs, remained in Germany, and endured widespread resentment. They and their descendants have been living there for three or four generations. Some have become German citizens, and all of them now consider Germany their home.

Will our undocumented workers stay in the United States? They almost certainly will! Some Americans want to deport them, but that would be very difficult. Many of their children were born here. The 14th Amendment makes those kids U.S. citizens. We can’t deport them just because their parents are undocumented workers. If we did deport their parents, who would care for them until they became self-sufficient adults? They don’t merely consider the U.S. home. It actually is their home!

Mark Heinig Jr. of Kokomo is a retired Indiana principal and teacher. Contact him at markjr1708@gmail.com.

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