In-State Tuition Bill for Undocumented Students Reintroduced to Senate
KREX News Room
DENVER - A bill that would secure in-state tuition for undocumented students is being brought in front of the Colorado Senate once again.
Senate Bill 13-033, or the Asset Bill, has failed in the Senate several times in the past, but some supporters feel the newly Democratic controlled House and Senate may help it pass this.
After speaking with local leaders, it seems the one thing both sides can agree on is that the issue of undocumented students needs to be addressed fairly. Whether that should be done on the state level seems to be the dividing factor.
The Asset Bill would give in-state tuition costs to any undocumented student that has spent at least three years in, and has graduated from, a Colorado high school.
The bill would also require those students to sign an affidavit, promising to apply for legal citizenship as soon as possible.
"We can't charge illegal immigrant students more than we charge anybody else because of the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment. It's the one place in the constitution that refers to persons, not citizens, persons," said Dan Robinson, Chairman on the Colorado Mesa University Board of Trustees.
"Once we get beyond higher education, that is where [students] don't have a social security number, they have to return to their country of origin for 10 years before returning to the United States, I just don't see how we're going to do that," said Sen. Steve King (R).
Tune into NewsChannel 5 at 10 p.m. to hear more from both sides in the full report.