A Massachusetts-based immigration enforcement activist is
appalled that a private school in her state is offering a
scholarship for an illegal alien.
Hampshire College is a small liberal arts school in Amherst,
Massachusetts, where school officials have announced that an
endowment and scholarship will finance one illegal alien's
education every four years. So, beginning this fall, a student
will receive an annual scholarship of at least $25,000.
Jessica Vaughan, a former foreign service officer
for the U.S. State Department who now serves as director of policy
studies at the Center
for Immigration Studies, thinks "it's appalling."
"We're talking about someone from a family that has benefitted
from social services programs and all kinds of other
publicly-funded benefits, when their family has not contributed
anything close to that in taxes, who is scoffing at our laws by
being here in the first place," she asserts.
And Vaughan says it does not matter that the school is
"These are monies that are tax-exempt and are donated by people
who get a tax break for doing so," she explains. "And this is money
that could be used to help out a needy American citizen family, or
even a family member of a legal immigrant."
The policy studies director says she has a better solution for
how Hampshire College can financially help illegal aliens with
"Give it to an illegal alien family to return home," Vaughan
suggests. "That would ultimately be a much better deal for the
American taxpayer and do more for our country in the long run."