Tuition Equity Will Be Law In Oregon

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Immigration advocates in the state are hailing a Senate vote that could allow undocumented immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. The tuition equality bill is expected to be signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber next month.

The issue of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants has been contested in Oregon for about eleven years. This bill would allow those students to pay the lower tuition rates, provided they have attended school in the country for at least five years, three of which in Oregon.

They also must show intent to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Jazmin Roque, co-chair of the Oregon Students of Color Coalition, says it’s hard to measure how many people would be impacted as many undocumented immigrants are reluctant to come forward.

“It is harder to come up with a fiscal impact on how many people this will positively impact, or impact in general, because people are still afraid and there is a lot of fear,” said Roque.

Even with in-state tuition, experts say there are a number of challenges undocumented immigrants will face. Many jobs require U.S. citizenship regardless of education or skills and some even require that an applicant is born in the country. If the bill is signed into law, it will make Oregon one of thirteen states around the country to allow in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

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  1. curt says:

    Everyone that voted for this and the Governor if he signs this I will never vote for them again. I will make sure that I will work to have them voted out of office. Illegals should be kicked out of the country. They get welfare, free schools, free medical, free food. I feel that if you did not give them what they do not deserve they would not be here. We should be looking after our citizens. Alot of the go hungry, do not get medical treatment, some families can not even get there children to school. I have worked with many illegal immigrants and wish I made as much money as they do when you realize how they scam the goverment for money. I would be jailed for what they do. This should not be signed. Look at what their goverment would do to us if we were illegals in their country. The illegals laugh at us for our on stupidity Our officials do not have a clue to what is right or wrong anymore. All our gorverment is doing is allowing fellons to walk our streets and reward them. If I was a fellon I would not get the same treatment, the reason is I am a citizen. I am sorry that this bill has gotten this far. I will not vote for any one who voted for this bill and I will work against them in the next vote

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