Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Alliance for Unity Speaks Out on In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students


The Alliance for Unity today restated its strong and unanimous opposition to this year's version of a vill currently before the Utah legislature, concerning tuition for undocumented students. The bill (HB 241) would repeal current laws permitting some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at an institution of higher education in the State.

The Alliance continues to believe firmly that we need to encourage the dreams and ambitions of all Utahns by giving them an opportunity to realize their potential. In our view, making a college education unaffordable to students simply discourages them and will result in their making less than the best use of their intelligence and talents.

The Alliance presently takes no position on the broad issue of immigration reform in the United States. We believe that a thorough in-depth examination of the complex factual and emotional matters involved is needed before legislative action is taken. A calm and careful look at what will best benefit the State must characterize any actions taken in Utah.

The Alliance for Unity is a group of civic, business and religious leaders that seeks to further the common good in the State.

The following are signatories:

Robert “Archie” Archuleta
Community Activist

Pamela J. Atkinson
Community Activist

Elder M. Russell Ballard
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Cynthia Buckingham
Executive Director, Utah Humanities Council

Rev. France A. Davis
Calvary Baptist Church

Spencer F. Eccles
Chairman Emeritus, Wells Fargo Bank

Jon M. Huntsman
Chairman, Huntsman Corp.; Co-Convener

Donna Land Maldonado
General Mgr., KRCL Community Radio

Norma Matheson
Former First Lady of Utah

Alexander B. Morrison
Executive Director

Karen Suzuki Okabe
Deputy Mayor, S.L. County

Dinesh Patel
vSpring Capital

Rabbi Tracee Rosen
Congregation Kol Ami

Harris H. Simmons
President, Zions Bancorporation

Dean Singleton
President, MediaNews Group, Inc.

Jim Wall
Deseret Morning News

Most Reverend John C. Wester
Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Michael K. Young
President, University of Utah

Kilo Zamora
Executive Director, Inclusion Center


Anonymous said...


Jason The said...

"A calm and careful look at what will best benefit the State must characterize any actions taken in Utah."


Anonymous said...

I see a lot of religious leader types in this crowd. Looks like they are mixing church and state to me. Stop it!

Anonymous said...

They are not elected officials, they are leaders of faith, and as such they have a right to their correct position.

Utah Republicans, always wanting to use religion except when it works against them.