Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Sins Of The Father

Well, the US Supreme Court finally got one right. It refused to hear a case challenging a California law. From the Sacramento Bee:

Under AB 540, any individual – regardless of immigration status – who graduates from a California high school after attending for three years qualifies for the same tuition discount offered to California residents. Eight other states have similar laws – Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Utah and Washington.

U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Carlsbad – who used to be a lobbyist for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a nativist organization that wants to limit even legal immigration – sued to overturn AB 540. He made this an issue leading up to the 2006 special election to Congress to replace Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who had resigned after pleading guilty to bribery.

The state legislature passed the bill overwhelmingly, something exceedingly rare these days in California. The California Supreme Court rejected the reasoning of Bilbray and the other state immigrant-bashers who brought the case, and now even the Roberts' Supreme Court agrees that the law meets Constitutional muster. The law will stand, as it should. It's in the state's best interest for its residents to receive an education.

Chalk one up for the good guys.

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