Polito Asks Opponent to Clarify Position on In-state Tuition

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

Karyn Polito, Republican candidate for treasurer, is asking her Democratic opponent to clarify his position on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, according to documents released by the Polito campaign today.

In a letter to her Democratic opponent, Steve Grossman, Polito requests that Grossman reconcile inconsistent statements he has made regarding in-state tuition recently. (The full text of Polito’s letter follows below.)

In 2006, State House News Service cited a letter from Steve Grossman to then House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi urging the Legislature to pass a bill to provide in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants.

“‘Dear Sal,’ wrote Grossman, a top Democrat, ‘…Beyond the addition to our education coffers, the In-State Tuition Bill would strengthen our workforce, position Massachusetts as a state that welcomes immigrants, and most importantly, allow hard working immigrant students the chance to realize their dreams of a college education.'” (“House to Address Series of Amendments on In-state Tuition Bill,” Jim O’Sullivan, State House News Service, January 10, 2006.)

However, in a radio debate last week on Dan Rea’s Nightside show (WBZ AM-1030), Grossman expressed his opposition to in-state tuition. (To hear what Grossman said, please click here for an excerpt. For full audio of the October 4 radio debate, please click here.)

“There’s a clear difference between Steve Grossman and myself on the issue of providing benefits to illegal immigrants,” said Polito. “My opponent, the former chairman of the Democratic Party, has long supported in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. I oppose giving public entitlement benefits to illegal immigrants because I think doing so disadvantages taxpayers and provides an incentive for people to break the law. My record stands for itself, and as treasurer, I will continue working to protect Massachusetts taxpayers first.”



October 9, 2010

Mr. Steve Grossman

Former Democratic Party Chairman

30 Huntington Road

Newton, MA 02458

Dear Mr. Grossman:

I am writing you this short note to ask you to clarify your position on illegal immigration and taxpayer-provided benefits as there now appears to be some confusion based on your conflicting statements regarding this important issue.

In 2006, you wrote a letter to former House Speaker Sal DiMasi asking him to support the so-called “in-state tuition” bill, which would provide tax dollars to subsidize public college tuition for illegal immigrant students such that they would pay the same low rate afforded legal residents of the Commonwealth. In that letter, you said the in-state tuition bill “would strengthen our workforce, position Massachusetts as a state that welcomes immigrants, and most importantly, allow hard-working immigrant students the chance to realize their dreams of a college education.”

Yet, in a October 4th interview on WBZ’s “Nightside” show with Dan Rea, in response to a question from the host, you declared your opposition to the in-state tuition bill.

Steve, which is it? The voters deserve to know.

We all welcome legal immigration and recognize that it contributes to the vitality of our country. But I oppose giving public benefits to illegal immigrants because I think doing so flouts the rule of law and disadvantages taxpayers. It puts people who reside here illegally on an equal footing with law-abiding residents, and that’s wrong.  In-state tuition is a magnet for illegal immigration, and we need to turn off the magnets.  As candidates for Treasurer, we need to commit ourselves to the rule of law and to watching carefully the expenditure of public funds. My record stands for itself, and I’ll always endeavor to put the law and the interests of Massachusetts ahead of all other considerations.

Sincerely,

Karyn Polito

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