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Colo. lawmaker seeks in-state tuition for immigrants

February 1, 2009

Denver Democratic Sen. Chris Romer said the lower cost of in-state tuition should be an incentive for students in the country illegally who are struggling to afford college. He said their success would help build Colorado's economy in the future.

But Republicans who oppose Romer's proposal say it ignores federal immigration law. Republican Broomfield Sen. Shawn Mitchell said the bill could put Colorado in a legal tangle with federal officials and taxpayers would foot the bill in court.

Under Romer's proposal, undocumented students would qualify for in-state tuition if they earned their GED or graduated from a Colorado high school in the past five years.

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