Fayetteville, AR, February 21, 2011
The Board of Directors of Conservative Arkansas stands in support of State Rep. Justin Harris’ HB 1008, which would require lawful presence in the United States for a person to be eligible for in-state tuition at a state-supported institution of higher education.
Our organization stands for resolving our costly illegal immigration problem, and we support the steps Rep. Harris is taking to work toward that goal.
Although we anticipated opposition to such a measure, we disapprove of the attempts to call his small business operation into question.
Rep. Harris provides pre-kindergarten education services to many low-income families in the Northwest Arkansas area and is following the law with respect to not requiring a social security number for a child to be enrolled in the school.
The fact is, a school is prohibited by law from requiring a social security number for enrollment, and Rep. Justin Harris is following the law. We make no assumption regarding the legal status of the small number of children who do not have a social security number on record, nor do we feel this information is relevant to the debate about HB 1008, as Rep. Harris is following the appropriate process to change laws in the state of Arkansas regarding benefits provided to illegal immigrants. He is representing the wishes of his constituents, as our organization expected when we supported him in the 2010 election.