Conspiracy Comments Get Results:

My post about the blogging scholarship drew a comment from Paul Horwitz:

Why "U.S. Citizen?" Why not "U.S. Citizen or permanent resident?"

I e-mailed the organizers of the scholarship to ask the question, and they promptly responded that, on reflection, permanent residents should be included. The revised Blogging Scholarship page reflects this.

I should say, by the way, that my e-mail to the organizers didn't condemn their original position, nor do I condemn it now -- if Americans want to give gifts to Americans but not citizens of other nations, that's fine by me. But changing the program to also consider our nation's long-term guests (many of whom will become citizens, and many more of whom are likely to contribute to American life) also strikes me as a fine and hospitable position.

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Perhaps you could also kindly suggest that they remove the three exclamation marks from their ad, as it makes it look like it was written by someone in high school? :)
9.11.2007 1:50pm
Tracy Johnson (www):
WHOA! Why not use the same criteria Intel community and FISA uses and restrict it to "U.S. Persons" !! (It would include corporate entities, but I doubt they'd apply.)
9.11.2007 1:53pm
Anonymouseducator (mail) (www):
I do not appreciate the extra competition. I have a lot riding on this.
9.11.2007 2:09pm
The Drill SGT:
Am I to assume that the new definition of "permanent resident" = "green card holder"?

Differing from some colleges that offer tuition breaks to permanent illegal residents
9.11.2007 6:20pm
Eli Rabett (www):
There are many federal government scholarships which specify citizens.
9.11.2007 9:40pm
Passing Thought (mail):
Of course, there is a lurking legal issue here because the competition itself is likely governed by 42 U.S.C. 1981, which regulates nongovernment discrimination in making contracts. That provision states in subection (a) that:

All persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right in every State and Territory to make and enforce contracts . . . as is enjoyed by white citizens, and shall be subject to like punishment, pains, penalties, taxes, licenses, and exactions of every kind, and to no other.

Although this statute, enacted in the Reconstruction Era, has usually been used to impose civil liability on persons who discriminate on the basis of race (e.g., treat citizens of other races differently than "white citizens"), I believe it has also been applied to impose liability on persons who discriminate on the basis of citizenship (e.g., treat non-citizens who are white differently than "white citizens").
9.12.2007 8:25pm