My Letter to Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on Immigration Reform vs. Student Loan Rates and Priorities

I am pretty appalled at how the United States Senate is able to pass this terrible immigration reform bill with ease but can’t pass any legislation to prevent rates for new student loans from doubling to almost 6.8%. To me, that is a slap in the face to all young Americans for prioritizing this bill, which seems to intended to get more votes for the Democrats from these illegal aliens and for bi-partisanship from the Republicans. Here is a letter I wrote to New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, one of the eight senators who introduced this bi-partisan bill on the matters:


Dear Mr. Senator,

My name is Brandon Mauk. I am a life long resident of New Jersey, currently attending college at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. I have taken some loans and grants to go along with my academic scholarship in order to pay my hefty tuition.

This past week, the United States passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, a bi-partisan bill in which you and seven other Republican and Democrat senators helped introduced as what the media refers to you as “the Gang of Eight”. From my understanding, the bill will give over 11 million illegal aliens amnesty and the right to work in the United States but it will not enforce border security.

One of your colleagues, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) criticized the bill for allowing exemptions from taxes caused by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare” when hiring amnestied illegal aliens over legal immigrants and American citizens.

In the same exact week, the US Senate failed to pass legislation that would prevent newly enacted federal student loan rates from doubling from 3.4% to almost 6.8%. One of Barack Obama’s many promises when running for election as President of the United States was to help find ways to help us students get out of debt.

Without any government intervention once Congress returns to session after July 4th, this will affect young students and parents across the country and prevent many from even being able to afford college at all. According to the Wall Street Journal, over 7 million students will be taking in these new loans.

Frankly, I want to try to speak for all other young college students my age to express our dissatisfaction for the lack of any action from Congress to prevent this from happening. Personally, I am very disappointed that the Senate could not get anything done with this, but were so easy to pass this controversial immigration bill.

In an era where many more jobs require a college education in a country of almost 315 million people, what’s more important, people who come here illegally getting jobs or natural born or legalized Americans getting the education they need to have a future? This Congress may not have its priorities in order at all.

I really hope the United States Senate and the House of Representatives does the right thing and passes the proper legislation that will prevent this loan rate from doubling to keep college tuition more affordable. We are the future of the United States of America, we will not forget this.

– Brandon Mauk
St. John’s University, Class of 2016.


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