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California's illegals: Legal <em>non sequitur</em>

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state tuition rates at the state's colleges and universities rather than pay the higher rates charged to those who live out of state.

Thus began a Nov. 15 Los Angeles Times blog post about a ruling in a case whose very existence shows how ridiculously off-base the terms of America's immigration debate are these days.

The court upheld a California law that allows in-state college tuition for illegal aliens who attend California high schools for at least three years and graduate there. It ruled that law doesn't conflict with a federal ban on residency-based educational benefits for illegals.

Yet, as the blog post also notes: "College students who are in the country illegally are barred from government financial-aid programs. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected eventually to decide whether the lower tuition rates also violate federal law."

They surely do -- because those in the United States illegally should have no right to attend college here, let alone pay cut-rate tuition.

Hopefully, the U.S. Supreme Court will prove it has a better grasp of what "illegal" means than the Left Coast Supremes do.

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