Illegal immigrant tuition gets initial Senate OK

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Senate Democrats in Colorado have given preliminary approval to a bill allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado colleges.

Republicans opposed the bill before a voice vote Friday, saying it would provide an incentive for immigrants to come to the country illegally. The Democratic sponsor of the bill became emotional as she told her colleagues that she has family members who are undocumented and that immigrant children should have the opportunity to have a college education.

Republicans who oppose the idea say it will lead to higher operating costs.

This is the fifth time Colorado Democrats have tried to pass a bill giving illegal immigrants the chance to pay lower in-state tuition rates. The bill still faces a final Senate vote.

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  • by Ross Location: Clifton on Apr 20, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    This is getting STUPID! Why are we giving the ILLEGALS a price break to go to college???? They don't pay taxes, WE pay for their "free" healthcare and everything else??? What part of ILLEGAL are the politicians NOT understanding!!! I am getting tired of the politicians treating these people like they are entitled to these benifits!!!They ARE NOT!!!! Maybe a "free" trip back to where they came from!
  • by JJ Location: GJ on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:19 PM
    How does it make sense for legal tax payers to subsidize an illegals education? At least make them pay actual cost of education. I mean, come on! They all ready, by definition of this law, were provided a FREE k-12 education off of America.
  • by David Location: Michigan on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    How silly can anyone get! Illegal invaders given the same rights as US Citizens to attend college.If that politician has illegals in her family then she is aiding and abeting criminals. Lock her up.
  • by JB Location: Grand Junction on Apr 17, 2011 at 08:23 PM
    This is not Mexico or any other foreign country. Why are we helping out any one when other Americans are trying to get help with school. Only Colorado students should get help. Ilegal is still ilegal in the dictionary. I don't hate immigrants. I just think they should come here the way others have to. Folks from Europe and other parts of the world have to jump thru hoops to become Americans. They learn the language and are proud to become one of us. This kind of law is down right stupid.
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