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GOP Takes First Step to End In-State Tuition for Undocumented

Apr 7, 2015
Courtesy: http://www.campbell.senate.state.tx.us/

[Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect further testimony and the subcommittee’s vote] 

After more than 11 hours of public testimony from witnesses overwhelmingly opposed to repealing a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, a senate subcommittee on border security voted along party lines early Tuesday morning to send the measure to the full Veterans Affairs and Military Installations committee. 

The legislation, Senate Bill 1819, by state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, would repeal a 2001 provision that allows some undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.

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AUSTIN — State senators are debating a contentious plan to repeal a Texas law granting in-state public university tuition to the children of some people in the United States illegally.

Democrats and Hispanic groups champion the law, while Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature have pledged to end it quickly. On Monday, the two sides clashed during a Senate subcommittee on border security meeting.

Sen. Donna Campbell defended her bill repealing the so-called “Texas DREAM Act.”

The head of a leading conservative business group joined hundreds of immigration activists in a rally at the Texas State Capitol on Wednesday. Bill Hammond, the CEO of the Texas Association of Business is pushing to have Republican lawmakers pass a number of laws that benefit immigrant families.

Immigrant Application Process Through DACA Kicks Off Feb. 18

Jan 26, 2015

Following a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a Texas Democrat, stated in a release on Monday that young adults eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, could begin the application process on Feb. 18.

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Some Republican lawmakers believe the Texas Dream Act is another way for the state to be involved in the act of “picking winners and losers” and they want the law to go away. Many Republican lawmakers have stated that the repeal of the state’s Dream Act would be one of their legislative priorities this session.

Efforts to stop the repeal of the Texas Dream Act, however, organized by the group Keep HB 1403, drew dozens of proponents and students affected by the law to a rally at the State Capitol Wednesday.