According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of illegal is as follows: "not according to or authorized by law : unlawful, illicit; also : not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)."
Pardon me while I step up onto my soap box.
I'm getting so sick and tired of illegal not meaning anything. Well, unless it's me going a few miles over the speed limit. Then it matters. But when speaking of people being in this country illegally, it means nothing.
Today the California Supreme Court upheld a law from 2001 stating that under certain conditions, illegal aliens will be entitled to in-state (reduced) tuition fees when attending college.
(Excuse me while I vomit.)
I didn't even know about the 2001 law; I admit that back then I had my hands full with little kids and I wasn't quite as politically savvy as I am now. That being said, this is insane. Absolutely insane! I know that California is rapidly going downhill; frankly, we're in a hand basket. But this makes me furious.
They are illegal. Did you read the definition? They're breaking the law! One of the conditions for the reduced tuition is that they had to have attended three years at a high school here. Why the heck are they allowed in school to begin with?? Hello...ILLEGAL!
But now, assuming that no one has had the (ahem) cajones to deal with them by the time they attain college age, we're going to give them a discount?!? Ludicrous. Apparently, an illegal has the right (laughable) to cheaper tuition in California than, say, one of my nieces or nephews from Colorado, who are law-abiding American citizens!
Sigh. I shouldn't get up on the soap box. This only scratches the surface and you might not like all that comes out. I just couldn't keep quiet on this one.
Oh, and for the record...props to John Tyner for not allowing himself to be groped at the airport on Saturday. But that's a rant for another day.
I'm stepping down now.