Immigrant tuition bill up for final vote

Published: Friday | December 20, 2013 Comments 0
Immigration activists gather on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday, as lawmakers speak on the steps of the House of Representatives to appeal for action on an immigration reform bill.  - AP
Immigration activists gather on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday, as lawmakers speak on the steps of the House of Representatives to appeal for action on an immigration reform bill. - AP

 NEW JERSEY (AP):

Legislation making college more affordable for thousands of foreign-born students living in New Jersey illegally is facing its final legislative hurdle.

The state Assembly is expected to pass the so-called tuition equality bill along party lines on Thursday, sending it to Governor Chris Christie's desk.

The governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate has said he supports the concept of extending cheaper in-state tuition rates to New Jersey students who were brought to the country illegally as children. But Christie said he would veto the current bill because it grants benefits that are too generous.

Christie doesn't want this group of students to be eligible for financial aid. He also wants to close a loophole he says could make New Jersey a magnet for foreign-born students from other states.


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