In-State Tuition Push For Undocumented Immigrants

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(Memphis) Some college students in Tennessee are pushing for state lawmakers to approve a bill that would grant undocumented students in-state tuition.

The Tennessee Student Union is urging University of Memphis students to join them in support of legislation before state lawmakers known as the Tuition Equality Bill.

The bill allows undocumented students, who meet certain academic requirements, to pay in-state tuition at Tennessee’s universities.

Under the proposal, a student would have to meet academic standards and attend Tennessee schools for at least five years before graduating from high school.

Supporters claim changes need to be made because out-of-state tuition is three times more than in-state tuition and violates an undocumented immigrants human right to education.

Supporters say the Tuition Equality bill is only fair since most of the undocumented students actually spend most of their lives in Tennessee.

They say even if they don’t have the documentation to prove it, they should still be granted instate status.

They also believe it would benefit the state's economy by encouraging more undocumented immigrants to go to college.

If approved, Tennessee would become the twentieth state with this type of law.

At this point, the law seems to be getting bipartisan support along with the support of state education leaders.

But some state lawmakers like Shelby County Senator Mark Norris are still undecided.

Norris says there are still so many questions out there.

Critics say this move would put undocumented people in a special class and amounts to discrimination against legal citizens who would still be charged out of state tuition.


      • Nonya Bidness

        Educate a bunch of ghettoites? Pleeeasssseeee! What we really need is to have a citizen exchange program, we take one of there “want to be productive” citizens and we give them one of these worthless Memphis generational welfare queens, or maybe a worthless baby daddy.

      • John Snow

        Just so that you will know, our good governor is pushing and will accomplish getting two year free tuition for all residents of Tennessee. Just make sure your grandson is smart enough to get in.

  • Long Gone

    “violates an undocumented immigrants human right to education”..

    I did not know that was a right. Wow I’ll undocumented my kids. If you live in the state of Tennessee. think about that statement. How in the World did it become a right for an illegal to receive a grant money over legal residents.
    If you did things lawfully you go to the back of the line.

  • sandy

    Why do the powers that be keep giving to non citizens when our own citizens are suffering? We need to stand up n this country and tell them we are sick of it and we are not going to take it anymore. Educate our citizens first and foremost.

  • robert claybrook

    Well where is I.C.E. ? That girl just said she is illegal they should pick her up and stop by and get the parents. Lets take care of AMERICANS FIRST!

  • John Snow

    In all of my reading comments in many news outlets, channel 3 comments are the filled with the most hate, racism, fear, self-importance and plain ignorance. I have been in many parts of Memphis but do not remember going into a red neck section, I must h ave missed it. To all of you that have committed, do you not realize you are just as illegal as any one else. Europeans did not discover this nation, they just stole it from the Asian people who already lived here.

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