Illegal Immigrant UT Graduate to Perry: Don’t Back Down on In-State Tuition

AUSTIN (KRLD 1080) – I just finished an interview with a young man who was brought to Texas illegally when he was 4 years old.  Jose Torres-Don attended the University of Texas and received the in-state tuition break that has caused Gov. Perry so many headaches this past week on the presidential campaign trail.

Torres-Don’s take on the controversy surrounding Gov. Perry’s support for the policy will undoubtedly be controversial, but is an important part of this story.  Here’s part of our conversation:


One Comment

  1. darrell says:

    i have no problem deporting a college grad.

  2. harperip says:

    i believe i have a simple yet unanswered question regarding the treatment of illegal texas residents. what do you believe is a fair and just punishment for breaking the law you have admitted to breaking ? so far i have never heard anybody explain their position on punishment. they admit to breaking a law. almost everyone admits the law needs some modification. yet they only position that is being clearly communicated by the illegal residents and their supporters is “please feel sorry for us and help us out even thought we are clearly criminals.”

    1. lj says:

      If the kid was brought here by his parents when he was 4 he is not a criminal. However, I don’t think it is fair to give citizens of other countries benefits that we don’t give to US citizens from other states (in state tuition).

      1. RussP says:

        Tyhe day the kid turned 18, he could have begun the process to become legal in this country or gone back to the place of his birth. If he chose not to, then yes, he is a criminal.

    2. darrell says:

      how you got here or the fact that you admit you are here illegaly is less important than the fact you are still in violation of federal law. which, unless application for amnesty is made, requires deportation. illegals, thanks to the obama administration now have representation in all governments. from things like city council all the way up to congress. they cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars per year in services, education, prisons and fraud. that does not include the criminal activity directly related to them. illegal is just that, illegal, and they have no legitimate reason to be here.

  3. Justice says:

    As a grad, you learn integrity…obviously that doesn’t mean anything to the new grads….I think UT has the right to go review his records too and if found that he falsified them, take his degree away from him. America, love it or LEAVE IT!

  4. RussP says:

    So Perry thinks it’s OK to give college tuition breaks to illegal immigrants and of all those new jobs he brags about, 40% went to illegal immigrants, 40% to legal immigrants and only 20% to American workers. What’s next; Hyundai as the official state vehicle? Way to support the USA Rick!

  5. al says:

    How about All American Citizens Vote to Deport Rick Perry and all the Illegal Loving Goverment Officials , Congressman, Senators, Presidents, Judges, ect, along with ALL ILLEGALS for what ever their reason. And let our OWN American Born Children have ALL the Rights of Free or Reduced Education, and Grants. Oh and maybe our Citizens can have their jobs back too… And All of our taxes should be much Lower. without all the exscess burdens we seem to take on.

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