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Undocumented Students In-State Tuition Benefits Could Be in Jeopardy

December 1st, 2016 by flanews

Immigration was a hot topic during the presidential election, and could be a hot topic here in the Florida state legislature. As Matt Galka tells us, there could be a fight brewing over how much undocumented students pay for college.

Undocumented students from across the state took to the capitol in 2014.

Week after week they rallied in support of a bill that granted in-state tuition to some undocumented children looking to go to college.

The historic bill was signed by the Governor after it was passed with bipartisan support.

“We have the funding now to be able to pay for education,” said Governor Rick Scott in June of 2014.

Daniela Donoso was a student at Florida State when the bill was being debated and supported its passage.  She came to Florida from Ecuador when she was six months old.

“We have students at Florida State that benefit for this out of state tuition waiver,” she said. Donoso now works with the school’s Human Rights Center

Now a repeal bill of that law has been filed putting the in-state tuition benefits in jeopardy for some undocumented students.

“Why “punish” those students who have done everything right, have gone through education, have applied and have been admitted to a university to further their education?” said Donoso.

Both the new House Speaker and new Senate President voted against the 2014 bill.

Senator Greg Steube, who proposed the repeal because he says it’s an important issue to his constituents, also voted against the original 2014 bill when he was a member of the Florida House.

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