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Kansas House defeats immigrant tuition repeal

May 10, 2012

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— The Kansas House has rejected an effort to repeal a 2004 law allowing some illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

The law permits illegal immigrants who meet certain rules, such as graduating from a Kansas high school, to pay the lower tuition Kansas charges to residents of the state. The Kansas Board of Regents says about 500 students participate in the program.

House members defeated a proposed repeal Thursday on an unrecorded 68-32 vote during debate on a broader education bill.

Those favoring repeal said the tuition program rewards illegal immigrants and serves to attract others to Kansas.

But other House members said the students who benefit from the program are working toward citizenship and bettering their lives.

Comments

WilburM 2 years, 7 months ago

In the current House environment, I'm amazed that this bill did not pass.

JayhawksandHerd 2 years, 7 months ago

True. I did a double-take when I saw the headline.

RiverCityConservative 2 years, 7 months ago

Kansas did it the right way in 2004. I am proud of our legislators on both sides of the aisle for taking the long view and considering the future benefits to our state of this policy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

"So a student who is a Missouri or Oklahoma resident wants to pursue an education at KU"

Actually, if they really want to go to KU and pay in-state rates, all they have to do is move to the state for a year to establish residency. If they live in MIssouri, and want to study architecture, they don't even need to do that.

And last I heard, both Oklahoma and Missouri have numerous state universities of their own.

blogme 2 years, 7 months ago

Nice try bozo, my x-wife from Illinois was unable to get in state status after she started attending KU. She had to pay out of state tuition the whole time, even though she spent her summers here and remains in KS.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 7 months ago

You have to establish residency before you enroll. Once you enroll as a non-resident, you can't get that changed to resident status.

blogme 2 years, 7 months ago

And my point is it's unfair to have a legal citizen having to pay more than someone that is not legally here. Just another incentive to break the law, and put law abiding citizens at a disadvantage to non-law abiding citizens. Any time you incentivize breaking laws, you have more breaking of the laws.

Mike1949 2 years, 7 months ago

The conservatives actually did something that was fair for a change. Please people, don't belittle it with your predigest attitudes!

Maracas 2 years, 7 months ago

I don't understand what's so hard to understand about the "illegal" in illegal immigrant and why it's okay to reward illegal activity.

RiverCityConservative 2 years, 7 months ago

I don't understand what's so hard to understand about the "document" in "undocumented immigrant" and why some people don't think it's OK to provide them with documents... :)

jhawkinsf 2 years, 7 months ago

We can certainly provide documentation for the 12 million already here.
If we do that, I'm not sure how you could justify keeping out all those wanting to come here legally, those that have applied worldwide and are waiting to enter. And having done that, surely we should let in all their relatives, how could we be so cruel as to keep families apart. Let's not forget that we already let in all those seeking political sanctuary who qualify.
Surely a country as great and wealthy as the U.S. can absorb these, what, hundred million people? We can find them jobs, places in our schools, provide health care, senior services. It's not like our economy is under pressure or anything. Right?

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