The student government of California’s pricey Pomona College announced this weekend that the mandatory $355 annual fee that every student pays will go towards funding a free ridesharing service for illegal immigrants and students from “non-traditional” households.
Most students who attend the private liberal arts college will not be able to enjoy the benefits of paying the tax, The Claremont Independent first reported on Sunday.
In a newly introduced airport rideshare program for freshmen and transfer students, students who enter the country illegally and those shielded under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be able to enjoy free rides from LAX and Ontario Airport to the campus.
The Associated Students of Pomona College also stated on Facebook that the exclusive service will prioritize students from “low-income, first-generation, DACA/undocumented, mixed (immigration) status family, and/or ‘non-traditional’ family structure backgrounds.”
Students who enter through the EB-5 Immigration Investment Program are more well-off than most Americans, as they must first invest $1 million to finance a business in the United States. The move to provide them with a free service has raised questions about the exclusive nature of the program.
The program will also give free rides to students from “non-traditional family structure backgrounds,” as if having two dads is a disability worthy of special treatment. The term is often used to describe gay or lesbian couples.
“Please respect this and your future classmates’ needs and experiences,” the post concluded, adding that future rideshares will be open to all students in the future. The student government did not respond to requests for clarification from students on Facebook.
Pomona College students responding to the news informed The Claremont Independent that they did not understand why certain groups of people were given priority with the ridesharing service over others, as they were in no way financially incapable of paying for it like everyone else.
The application form for free rideshares was first posted to the college’s Class of 2012 Facebook page before it was removed. Pomona College’s ASPC President Maria Vides did not respond to questions from the publication.
Pomona College is a founding member of the consortium of Claremont Colleges with yearly fees of $67,225.