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Accordingto Feere (2010), about 400,000 kids are born to illegal immigrants inthe US. The 14thAmmendmentto the federal constitution makes it legal for such kids to attainthe status of American citizenship. Nonetheless, the matter drawsvaried controversy due to the legislations that seek to givepreerential treatment to the aforementioned children. Ideally,illegal immigrants bring both positive and negative impacts to acountry. In the US, for instance, both the state and federalgovernments are compelled to provide social services and support toillegal immigrants. As such, the matter debate as to whether suchpopulation should enjoy these services considering their illegalstatus. Still, the matter gets controversial owing to the need toensure equality and adherence to basic human rights. In 2010, theCaliforniaSupreme Courtupheld a decision by the state law to allow the illegal immigrants togain access to tuition advantages as the legal residents. Besides thestate of California, other states have similar laws that givepreerential treatment to the illegal immigrants. Illinois, Nebraska,New York, Oklahoma, Kansas, Washington, Wisconsin,andMaryland are the other states that passed the legislation. The matteris two-prolonged in that the country battles between human rights andthe need to discourage illegal immigrants into the country.Undocumented o illegal immigrants should be entitled to educationadvantages as the legal residents in the country (Valelly, 2009).

First,kids born of illegal immigrants did not choose their illegal status.Most of these kids know America as their country. Some were broughtto America at their infancy stage while others were born in thecountry. Unfortunately, the majority of the illegal immigrants facedifficulties both socially and economicaly. It is hence appropriatethat the authorities support them to enhance their welfare. Access toeducation is a dream to many and door to many opportunities. Thesupporters of this legislation cite the DreamActas the basis for supporting the illegal immigrants (Feere, 2010). Itwould appear inappropriate to punish the kids citing the immigrationpolicies. Giving the kids an opportunity to attend schools whileofering them education advantages will make them productive. Theirproductivity will eventually benefit the country. Second, the federallaws recognise individuals born or naturalised in the country asAmerican citizens. Such individuals enjoy rights and privilegesoffered by either the state or federal government. Nonetheless,allowing undocumented kids to benefit from educational advantages islikley to open room for illegal immigration. Illegal immigrationhurts the American economy as well as jeopardize the nationalsecurity. Already the StateofCaliforniais facing budget deficit. Allowing such povisions would add financialburden to the state government.

Thefederal law prohits the illegal immigrants from benefiting fromin-state tuition (Chen, 2015). However, the same law allow the stategovernments to introduce social services to help the residents.Looking at the matter, it is clear that there is elements ofcontroversy in the law. Supporting the disadvantaged individualswould not necessarily harm the government financially. The schoolsare also likely to beneit rom improved enrolment to boost theirbudgetary obligations. It is a matter of introducing tougherimmigration policies while at the same time supporting theundocumented immigrants. The parents pay taxes like other citizens.It is also likely that the students will work in the country henceboost the country’s economy.

Inconclusion, the benefits to either the kids or the state prevail overthe negative effects. Support to the undocumented immigrants is notlegal since they have already recognised as the American citizens.Nonetheless, the authorities need to consider appropriate mechanismto determine the level of assistance to the kids. It is imperativethat states consider passing laws that supports the undocumentedimmigrants as they seek to entrench suitable immigration laws.


Chen,G. (2015). ShouldIllegal Immigrants Qualify for In-State Tuition?Retrieved September 29, 2015, from

Feere,J. (2010). BirthrightCitizenship in the United States: A Global Comparison.Retrieved September 29, 2015, from Center for Immigration Studies:

Valelly,R. M. (2009). Princeton readings in American politics. Princeton,N.J: Princeton University Press.