Time for tuition bill

We have long supported the idea that the children of illegal immigrants, youngsters who are here illegally through no fault of their own, who work hard academically and want to go to college, shouldn’t be punished for their efforts. They should be able to attend state colleges and universities at the same tuition rate as other in-state students pay.

After 10 years of attempting to approve in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, the Colorado Legislature seems finally poised to pass a bill that would do just that.

The state Senate passed Senate Bill 33 on Monday, and the measure now goes to the House, where it is expected to be approved. It sets reasonable standards for length of residence and academic performance that these students must meet in order to receive in-state tuition. In many cases, these are youngsters who have lived in Colorado or the United States most of their lives. They often have little or no experience with their parents’ home countries.

And, despite the scare tactics employed by some opponents of such legislation, similar laws are now in effect in 13 states, and there is no evidence they have sparked new waves of illegal immigrants moving to those states so that their children may receive in-state tuition.

This measure has been a long time coming. It deserves to be passed and made law this year.


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