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House Passes Immigrant Tuition Bill

The House has moved to repeal a Kansas law that gives in-state tuition to some illegal immigrants. The 69-49 vote is the first step towards repealing the law, which originally passed in 2004. Under the rule, undocumented students who graduated from a Kansas high school can attend college and pay in-state tuition. State Representative Mario Goico (GWEY-co), a Wichita Republican, spoke against repealing the law. He himself emigrated from Cuba as a teenager.

Around 400 students take part in the program. Opponents of the current rule argue it gives a benefit to lawbreakers and isn’t fair to legal immigrants who have to pay out-of-state tuition. House members could give final approval to the bill as soon as tomorrow (TUE). The legislation would then go to the Senate.

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