Immigrant tuition bill sent to House, Senate floor

Tennessee lawmakers have sent legislation that would extend in-state tuition to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants who complete high school in Tennessee to the floors of the state Senate and House of Representatives.

The Senate Finance Committee and its House counterpart both approved Senate Bill 2115/House Bill 1929 on Wednesday, setting it up for votes within the next week. The measure would let high school students who are citizens but whose parents are in the country illegally pay reduced tuition at public universities in Tennessee.

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Representatives for the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents say they have been charging the children of undocumented immigrants out-of-state tuition because their parents are not considered legal residents of the state.

A separate bill would extend in-state tuition to students who are undocumented themselves. That bill has slowed in the legislature.

Both measures were filed by state Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga.


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