Tuition Break for Immigrants Gets Initial Approval

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A State Senate Committee has approved a measure that would grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.

Approval for the bill came yesterday evening after nearly five hours of testimony.

Lawmakers approved the bill on a 5-3 party-line vote, with Republicans voting no.

Senate President Peter Groff says undocumented children shouldn't suffer for the sins of their parents. Opponents of the bill say it violates a federal law that says undocumented immigrants shouldn't get any benefits that a U.S. Citizen doesn't receive.

Similar measures passed in other states, including California, have been met with legal challenges.

Depending on the school, in-state tuition in Colorado could cost about $2,340, as opposed to $7,040 for out-of-state students.

Under Colorado's proposal, students would qualify for in-state tuition after graduation if they attended a state high school for three years.


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