FIRM Spotlight: CIRC – Helping to Acheive Tuition Equity in Colorado

dream20act20rallyOur partners at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition celebrated a victory today! SB170 passed the Colorado State House and will now move onto the Colorado State Senate.  SB 170, is a bill that would help undocumented immigrant students who grew up here in the U.S. attend Colorado State colleges. Like the DREAM Act, SB 170 would help students qualify for in-state tuition, but unlike DREAM does not include a component wherein students can apply for citizenship.

From CIRC:

Action: Please email the following five legislators to say THANK YOU for their important vote in support of tuition equity.  Click on the below links and personalize your message:

Now the bill will head to the Colorado Senate and CIRC will continue to fight for immigrant students’ right to higher education.

Please be sure to join us tonight, April 1, from 5:30-7:00pm at  1980 Dahlia St., Denver, CO 80220, to discuss next steps and celebrate this important step towards victory!

Meeting agenda to include:

  • Campaign strategy update for SB170
  • Communications update
  • Grassroots outreach opportunities (canvassing, letter-writing, and more!)

To join via teleconference, please email and she can send you the conference call-in number directly.

2 responses to “FIRM Spotlight: CIRC – Helping to Acheive Tuition Equity in Colorado

  1. Keith Raymond

    And one more thing.

    The idea that our immigration laws were somehow designed to protect the United States against terrorists is a canard.

    Quite simply, our immigration laws were promulgated to prevent foreign nationals ( a nice way of saying “illegal aliens”) from immigrating to the United States without proper consent from the United States government.

    I repeat.


    If you don’t have permission from the United States government to be here- terrorist or otherwise, then you’re here illegally in violation of Federal Law.

    Indeed, the mere presence of illegal aliens in this country speaks volumes about the moral and ethical constitution of these individuals, not to mention their willingness (or unwillingness) to abide by the other laws and regulations of this Great Country.

    Simply put, they don’t care. If they did, we wouldn’t be on this web-site bantering this hotly-debated issue around. Believe me, I would much rather be in my wood shop making fine furniture. But I for one cannot let go of this and won’t until it’s resolved. And by that I don’t mean the reformation of our immigration laws.

    Here’s a few factiods:

    – The population of illegal aliens in the United States is currently estimated to be about 11 million people. You read that right- ELEVEN MILLION PEOPLE!

    – It is estimated that 57% are immigrants from Mexico, 24% are from other Latin American countries, 9% are from Asia, 6% are from Europe and Canada and 4% are from the rest of the world. In other words, 8 out of every 1o illegal aliens in this country are hispanic. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that equates to nearly 9 million hispanics are in this country illegally. You read that right- NEARLY NINE MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE HISPANICS!

    – Illegal aliens continue to outpace the number of legal immigrants- a trend that has held steady since the 1990s.

    – The majority of hispanics that are here illegally continue to concentrate in places with large communities of the same already exist. However, they are now settling in both urban and rural areas througout the rest of the country, thereby adding to the ever increasing economic burden of this country. And there seems to be no end in sight.

    To add fuel to the fire, now comes the Catholic Church that condones the continued illegal entry of hispanics into this country, then cries foul when our government enforces our immigration laws by deporting and/or incarcerating them. To that end, the notion that ICE raids of American businesses are tearing the families of illegal aliens apart is laughable.


    Did it ever occur to anyone that if these people weren’t here illegally to begin with, their familes wouldn’t be torn apart?

    Of course it did. But they conveniently side-step that part of the issue and attempt to tug at your soft side by playing on your sympathy.

    Indeed, this storyline is remarkably similar to one involving a former neighbor of mine that decided to start up an auto repair business in our neighborhood; this despite the fact that he was violating our neighborhood covenants, not to mention a city ordinance which forbid such businesses from being operated in residential areas. This guy thought that his neighbors were complacent and would tolerate his illegal activities.

    Well, he thought wrong. He was shut down quicker than a grease monkey removing lug nuts with an air ratchet.

    But here’s the kicker. Rather than accept the fact that what he did was illegal and disrespectful to his neighbors, he decided to turn it around and play the “You’re Not Being Very Neighborly” card.

    No one bought it and he moved out of the neighbohood within 2 years.

    The moral of the story: Stick to the facts and the issue at hand. Don’t let anyone- the illegal alien community, Catholic Church or even Auntie Em attempt to side-step the fact that what they’re doing is not only wrong, its illegal.

    I repeat: IT’S ILLEGAL.

    Accept it and move on.

  2. Cesar Chavez

    The people of Colorado have spoken. Again and again the special interest groups and agenda driven legislators try to ram bad law down our throats.
    The loudest and greatest number of voices heard are those opposing amnesty “lite” for illegal aliens. It’s unfortunate that the concept of a country run in the best interests of it’s own citizens is such a mystery to the left.

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