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NJ may allow immigrant students to pay in-state tuition

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 15 2013 04:04:04 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 15 2013 05:59:28 PM CST

Lawmakers in New Jersey are close to voting on legislation that could change the lives of thousands of undocumented students across the state.

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.

The bill, called the 'Tuition Equality Act,' would apply to students who attended a New Jersey high school for three or more years, graduated and made plans to file for legalization.

A similar bill called the Pennsylvania Dream Act was introduced in March by Republican Pa. Sen. Lloyd Smucker, but according to a spokesperson for the chair of the Education Committee, that bill is still in committee.

If passed, such bills could change lives according to dreamers like Angel Díaz, who currently attends Northampton Community College.

“I think that it's long overdue. This has been a necessity. Dreamers have been wanting to continue their education for so long and it's been such a struggle, I think this is amazing” she said.

In New Jersey, the bill heads for a full vote in the senate on Monday, where it's expected to pass. Then it's off to the assembly.