Keeping undocumented immigrants from higher education only increases the number of illegal immigrants willing to work unskilled, underpaid jobs ["The Crash Course in Citizenship," August 18-25]. For most illegal immigrants, there is no hope of getting out of poverty. The bans some states have passed that keep undocumented students from attending college only hurt American economic growth. The implied argument of not wanting illegal aliens to attend college because of a lack of funding is an excuse. Undocumented students who have spent most of their lives in America overcoming poverty and hardship and still want to get a good education deserve to continue their learning.
Annapolis , Md. Our California family hopes for the success of the lawsuit to repeal in-state tuition benefits for children of illegal aliens. A case in point is our grandson. He was born in California and was in high school when his parents moved to an eastern state for business reasons. He applied only to a University of California campus, was accepted, and moved in with us. After his first year, he applied for residency but was refused continually although he is now a full-time employee of UC as well as a student.
Martin J. Weisman
Westlake Village , Calif. While I feel for people who are not in this country legally, I have no pity for those who increased their education but were not here legally. This country needs well-educated individuals. They have to be here legally, however.
William F. Micarelli
Dover , Del. In response to "The Crash Course in Citizenship," I've fired off a letter to Sen. John McCain, who has been known to vacillate on the issue of illegal aliens. Politicians running for public office and especially the highest office in the land need to take a stand so that American citizens know what they are voting for.
Brooklyn , N.Y.