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In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants Proposed

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Colorado State Capitol (credit: Jason Hussong)

Colorado State Capitol (credit: Jason Hussong)

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Democrats are proposing legislation allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition.

A similar bill was killed by the Colorado Senate two years ago.

Sen. Angela Giron and Sen. Michael Johnston are drafting legislation that would allow students who are in the country illegally and who have graduated from Colorado high schools to pay in-state tuition. They would not receive a state stipend that other in-state students receive though.

Giron says some of the best and brightest students in the state are leaving because they are forced to pay higher tuition.

Opponents have argued it violates a federal law that bars states from offering illegal immigrants any benefit that’s not given to citizens from other states.

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