Immigrant students press for lower tuition
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of immigrant students rallied on Capitol Hill on Thursday, seeking support for legislation that would make it easier to afford college even if the students' parents are in the country illegally.
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"Although these children have built their lives here, they have no possibility of achieving and living the American dream. What a tremendous loss for them and what a tremendous loss to our society," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, speaking to more than 40 students from 20 states who traveled to Washington to push Congress to adopt the bill.
Rep. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, is sponsoring a similar bill in the House. Neither bill has received a committee hearing.
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Other opponents say the legislation would deny citizens spots in colleges, force taxpayers to subsidize the tuition costs of undocumented aliens and encourage illegal immigration by offering the prospect of a college education.
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