Mexico Funds CUNY Program for Illegals

The Mexican government’s financial backing of a New York college program must be seen as increased meddling into American affairs. Mexico is alway complaining of poverty and looking for handouts from Washington (like the Merida Initiative for internal policing), but it has spare money for its auslanders thousands of miles away.

Of course, “poor Mexico” is a myth. It is quite wealthy, and consistently rates at around #13 in GDP among the nations of the world.

Why doesn’t Mexico better fund education at home? Only 13 percent of Mexican adults have a high school diploma, compared with 88 percent of Americans. Perhaps the big brains of Mexico City hope the scheme will result in increased remittances from its aliens abroad, and is a better deal for them than improving education at home.

Some states, like California, still waste taxpayer money to subsidize the college educations of illegal foreigners, but that is at least a wrong-headed American idea.

Will the students be required to speak English to enroll? Or will a GED taken in Spanish suffice?

CUNY invites immigrants – documented or not – to join 15-week hospitality management training, New York Daily News, May 3,

Arizona may be cracking down on illegal immigrants, but one New York college is inviting them in.

New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn has launched a free pilot program that aims to get Mexican restaurant workers to go back to school, even if they’re undocumented.

“For me, it’s going to open a lot of doors,” said Salvador, a 45-year-old busboy from Mexico City who illegally moved to the city nine years ago.

The high school dropout jumped at the chance to get ahead and is now inspired to get his GED.

“I want to be someone in the future,” he added.

The first class at the CUNY branch started in February. It gives bussers, line cooks and other restaurant staffers – some of whom dropped out decades ago – 15 weeks of hospitality management training combined with English and math.

“This opened the door to college that I was afraid to open,” said Adriana, 31, an undocumented single mom who works as a manager at a Manhattan restaurant. “This class gave me so much confidence.”

Students end up with a City Tech certificate that’s also recognized in Mexico. CUNY officials said the program, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Mexican government, is likely the first of its kind in the country.

Though many city agencies, such as public schools and hospitals, are required to provide services for immigrants regardless of status, the CUNY program goes further and actively courts even illegal immigrants.

Officials from CUNY, long a launching pad for immigrant strivers, said it isn’t their business to ask students their legal status.

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