Texas students oppose tuition break for illegal immigrants
The Student Senate at Texas A&M University last week registered its opposition to a bill in the Texas legislature that would give in-state tuition to illegal immigrants.
The students voted 41 to 28 for a bill that opposes the state legislation. State lawmakers had asked for student input, according to an article in the campus newspaper.
Later in the week, the university's student body president vetoed the bill, saying the issue should be left to the state legislature.
Texas is one of 10 states that already allow in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, according to a chart prepared last summer by the Chronicle for Higher Education.
Four other states explicitly forbid illegal immigrants to claim the tuition break, and two others, Georgia and Louisiana, bar them from public universities altogether.
Neither Maryland nor Virginia has a statewide policy on resident tuition for illegal immigrants, nor on the more basic question of whether those immigrants should be admitted to public universities. But the issue is simmering in both states.
Last month, a Maryland lawmaker challenged Montgomery College on its de-facto policy of allowing illegal immigrants to pay the lowest tuition rates, those charged to county residents. The actual rule grants the tuition breaks to recent graduates of the county's public school system, and does not consider their immigration status.
The states seem to be drifting in somewhat different directions on the question of tax-supported higher education for illegal immigrants. Maryland's Democrat-controlled legislature has repeatedly tried and failed to make in-state tuition a right for illegal immigrants. Virginia lawmakers have tried to bar illegal immigrants from public higher education.
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Daniel de Vise
| November 8, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
Categories: Access, Administration, Admissions, Finance, Public policy | Tags: Texas A&M immigrants bill, Texas tuition immigrants, illegal immigrant college tuition, illegal immigrants college Maryland
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