The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) is one of the better public schools in America, and certainly one of the best schools in California, period. Many parents consider a university education at such a school a blessing, and even those without children who attend college often look at America's public university system as the envy of the world, and yet one more reason to be proud to be an American. UCLA is certainly a contributor to that sense of pride.
Yet at the same time, if recent news are any guide, the school has a legally questionable weakness for illegal aliens and their enablers. On July 25 of last month, we reported that UCLA had given roughly $100,000 to the racist "brown pride" group MEChA, whose stated mission is to reclaim a large chunk of the United States for chicano peoples as a separate nation. Ironically, the money was being given to MEChA as part of an attempt to retain as many students as possible (IE stop them from failing out), a curious choice considering that MEChA's mission appeared to have nothing to do with academics, except for trying to subvert it as much as possible in the name of one racial or ethnic group.
And apparently, UCLA is not even satisfied with spending money to retain as many students who are sympathetic to illegal immigrants as possible. Now, Campus Reform reports that they have set up a specific wing of the university devoted exclusively to teaching students who are covered under California's DREAM Act - that is, illegal immigrants:
The school, dubbed “National Dream University (NDU),” will feature a faculty of illegal immigrants and will cater to students who qualify for an education under California’s DREAM Act.
“This is the first national program specifically geared toward DREAM Act students,” Kent Wong, director of UCLA’s Labor College, told LA Weeklyon Wednesday. “It’s not easy for DREAM Act students to attend college.”[...]
NDU was organized by UCLA’s Center for Labor Research, in partnership with the National Labor College. Courses taken at NDU will be transferable for credit at UCLA.
LA weekly reports classes will cost $65 a unit.
The program will reportedly enroll an initial 35 students, but hopes to expand as it grows.
Now, leaving aside the problem that education of illegal aliens is surely not any state's highest priority, one might consider looking at the cost. $65/class is a substantially reduced price relative to UCLA's almost $13,000 annual tuition. Granted, the students are only getting access to an online university, but still, the price has been drastically cut, in spite of the fact that these students are not even citizens. Combined with the MEChA story, there appears to be cause to doubt where UCLA's priorities lie.