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Illegal immigration has snowball effect

Fabiola Guevara's future as a 17-year-old who wanted to go to college reflects the shameful way the U.S. government ignores immigration laws.

The South Florida student graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. She couldn't afford college costs and was ineligible for government assistance. So she's been baby-sitting and thinking she would never get training as a nurse.

Because it's a shame to deny a young person as bright as Ms. Guevara, Congress is considering legislation to help students like her, if they came here before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. That would make them eligible for temporary legal status and eligible for college financial aid.

The nation may have as many as 90,000 such students who migrated illegally with their parents. Educating them is a dilemma, so is encouraging more Hispanics to cross the border with their children, hoping to give them an American education.

The long-range solution is to enforce immigration quotas. The alternative to not helping these students is to exploit them as cheap labor, perhaps for the remainder of their lives, or until Congress develops a sane immigration policy.

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