More states are allowing in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants

by Grace

Colorado is the latest state to move toward allowing in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants.

DENVER — A bill that would allow illegal immigrants in Colorado to qualify for in-state tuition at state colleges and universities passed its first hurdle Thursday in the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, was among the six committee members, and the only Republican, to vote in favor of the bill….

Known as ASSET — Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy — this is the seventh attempt to get the legislation enacted. The first was 13-years ago.

According to Pew Stateline, at least 12 states offer in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants, with Massachusetts being a recent addition to this group.

President Barack Obama last summer granted thousands of young immigrants a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation. In November, Governor Deval Patrick announced that those students would also qualify for in-state tuition at Massachusetts’ public universities. Patrick says he does not need legislative approval for the move, because people who have work permits are eligible for in-state tuition under existing law. “This isn’t about a change in policy and more to the point, it’s about the right thing to do,” he told reporters. But the move upset some lawmakers on Beacon Hill who said Patrick usurped the power of the legislature.

Moving forward with ‘sweeping’ immigration reform

Among the states that offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.  Immigration reform is an important issue to watch in 2013.  I keep hearing that Republicans have to get on board for more lenient treatment of illegal immigrants if they hope to have any chance of success in the next presidential election, with an announcement later today signaling both parties are moving ahead on this initiative.

WASHINGTON:  A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles of sweeping legislation to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws.

The deal, which was to be announced at a news conference Monday afternoon, covers border security, guest workers and employer verification, as well as a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States.

Although thorny details remain to be negotiated and success is far from certain, the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation’s inefficient patchwork of immigration laws.

Related:  DREAM Act updates (Cost of College)

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