Senate Committee Shoots Down Immigrant Tuition Bill

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The state’s Senate Judiciary Committee has voted down a bill which would have allowed certain illegal immigrants to pay the in-state tuition rate at Florida’s public colleges and universities.

The bill (SB 106) would have affected students who graduate from a Florida high school they’ve attended for at least three years regardless of immigration status.

Another bill that (SB 1018) would have allowed in-state tuition for U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants met the same fate in another Senate committee last month.

Even if approved, it faced long odds. It had three more committee references and a House companion was not scheduled for a hearing.

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  • ConcernedCitizen

    If they want a discounted education, then have them and their parents return to their native country (parents country), We should look into a law that if the child is born here in the US to illegal immigrants, that they are just as illegal as their parents. Or the parents have the option of returning too their native country without the child who is a US citizen, Let them make the decision, ther are alot of couple looking to adopt a child. My grandparents came too this country legally one from Finland and the other from Syria, they became citizens, learned to speak English, became citizens and then my grandfather went to war as an American. I just don’t think we should let those here illegally to have any rights, if they didn’t maybe they would want to return to their country of origin.

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