By Inger Eberhart, May 28, 2020
It is unbelievable, that in the age of COVID-19, that universities continue to serve as an accomplice in the crime that is illegal immigration. It’s not enough that many university systems …
- Offer in-state tuition to illegal aliens while Americans must pay the higher out-of-state tuition to the same university, just as Texas-based Rice University does when they “welcome all applicants, and considers candidates for undergraduate admission without regard to nationality or citizenship, including undocumented students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status at the time of admission and those without DACA status who graduated from a U.S. high school and who have lived in the U.S. for an extended period of time.”
- With hundreds of millions in endowments and alumni dollars received CARES funding (taxpayer monies), Rice University has accepted $3.4 million via the CARES bill and vowed to use those funds to support students who are not legally in the U.S.
- Will not report a student’s immigration status during the 2020 Census. Census figures are used to plan for congressional seats, infrastructure funding, and more. On-campus students do not have to respond to the census survey, because the university already counts all the students who would’ve lived in a residential college on April 1, had it not been for the coronavirus, according to Ken Liddle, the chief compliance officer. “If you normally live on campus, you don’t have to do anything,” Liddle said. “The Census Bureau decided that students should be counted as if they were living on campus, meaning that parents or guardians back home should not count the student on their census survey.”
By default, illegal aliens will be counted in the census because Rice University admits students without regard to immigration status. So, tax dollars and congressional representation that should rightfully go to other states will be allocated improperly.
Even with over 39 million Americans out of work in six weeks, Rice still pushes for support of illegal immigration. In their latest advocacy effort, a study from the school’s Baker Institute for Public Policy shows that the “Economic benefits of illegal immigration outweigh the costs.”
The study’s author, Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez is a postdoctoral research fellow in international trade at the Institute for the United States and Mexico at Rice University. His research focuses on international trade, migration, environmental economics, and economic growth.
The study posited that “The net benefits of undocumented residents are greater than the costs of the public services they utilize.” Dr. Sanchez goes on to say, “This study focuses on estimating the costs and benefits produced by the undocumented resident population in the state of Texas … this paper traces a previous study conducted by the Texas State Comptroller published in 2006 — nearly 15 years ago.”
It is not enough that a Ph.D. in International Trade with a concentration in economics chooses to ignore the implications of using 2006 economic data for a 2020 population study. Dr. Sanchez readily sacrifices research integrity and his credibility just to push the agreed upon narrative. However, why should we expect more when Rice University so blatantly supports the crime of illegal immigration?
Inger Eberhart lives in Georgia.
She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Dustin Inman Society.