UPDATE: Immigrant tuition plan makes key advance in Colo.

DENVER — As student activists looked on, a plan to reduce tuition rates for illegal immigrants who grew up in Colorado advanced in the state House today, marking a legislative milestone and a significant shift in political opinion.

After debate that was at times testy and emotional, the bill moved to within one step of Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is expected to sign the legislation when it reaches his desk.

After the debate, 22-year-old Victor Galvan was near tears as he told students around him that he “never would’ve thought we’d be seeing this in this chamber.”

“I’m so proud of you guys, to keep fighting,” said Galvan, who’s family came to the U.S. from the Mexican state of Chihuahua when he was 8-months-old. Galvan currently pays out-of-state tuition rates, which are three times more expensive than in-state rates.

The bill, which already has passed the state Senate and gained initial House approval on a voice vote today, allows students who graduate from Colorado high schools to pay tuition at state resident rates, regardless of immigration status.

Read a full story about today’s vote in The Daily Sentinel tomorrow.



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