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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