The "public benefits" war continues with the adoption of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: the national Republican party committee has endorsed the denial of federal funds to colleges and universities that allow undocumented immigrants to enroll at in-state tuition rates. The difference between in-state tuition and full tuition is paid for by taxpayer dollars -- dollars, Republicans argue, that are not meant for undocumented immigrants.
Cutting off federal funding for universities who go against this order could mean loss of things like Pell Grants and research funding, reports the Huffington Post. Many states have already put this provision into law, including Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana.
Many other states, however, have passed laws to actually approve in-state tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants, including Texas, California, Utah, New York, Illinois, Washington, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Maryland and Connecticut. Some colleges, while not offering in-state tuition, have set up scholarships and discounts on tuition specifically for undocumented immigrants.
Of course, losing in-state tuition doesn't mean that undocumented immigrants wouldn't be able to attend different schools, but it does mean they would have to pay full price.
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